Saina Nehwal becomes World No.1 despite losing from Carolina Marin

Saina Nehwal again proved to be the pride of the nation. She became the first Indian to win a silver medal at the World Badminton Championship Finals. Even after losing a match against Carolina Marin at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday, she became the World No.1. Now a proud Saina, she said that she never thought she would reach the summit clash.

Saina blamed her loss against Spanish shuttler Marin to the inane mistakes. According to her, the finals were more mental and physical battle.

“I made one silly error during a crucial moment in the second game. The experience of having already played a World Championships final helped Carolina more,” said Saina as reported in TOI.

Saina will still come to be No.1 in the world ranking as Marin who has been World No.1 till now with 80,612 points will not get any extra points for her win. However, Saina, who last in last year’s quarterfinals, will earn 3600 points more making her total to come to 82,792 points.

PM Narendra Modi also congratulated Saina on his twitter account commending her for winning a silver medal for India.

“Although Saina lost, she has won in the sense that she has gone to the final of the prestigious tournament, which was eluding her for the last five chapters,” said Saina’s father Harvir Singh to DNA

Saina played against Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri in the semi-finals of the women’s singles. Fanetri stands at 29th number in the world rank. Saina won by a 21-17 21-17 and booked the silver medal for herself call the match one of the toughest in the last week.

This medal would be the fifth medal for India at the World Championship after P V Sindhu, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won bronze medals in their times.


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