Saina Nehwal never fails to surprise. In this cricket-crazy country, this young Hyderabadi has done what no other Indian could. On Saturday afternoon, India cheered at the news that Saina has become the numero one of world badminton. “I can’t believe it,” she said in an interview minutes after her semifinal victory at the India Open here in Delhi, which brought her the World No. 1 crown.
India’s badminton canvas is suddenly looking like a clear star-filled sky and pregnant with opportunities. Saina celebrated her world No. 1 status by winning the Indian Open in Delhi for the first time. Kidambi Srikkanth’s victory was more than icing on the cake because we hardly care about men’s badminton in India.
Over the past year, Saina was forced to take the hard decisions; decisions that she could come to regret,but she pushed on regardless with a sense of maturity that is increasingly showing in her game as well.
Local favorites Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday gave double delight to the nation by clinching their maiden women and men’s singles titles at the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday.
Intanon had no answer to Saina’s accurate and powerful strokes as she ended up sending them wide and long or at net to allow Saina gain a massive nine game point advantage at 20-12.