Saina Nehwal wins India Open badminton tournament

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won the women’s singles title of the India Open Superseries for the first time at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Sunday.

The top seed defeated Thai Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-14 in 49 minutes.

Saina, on Saturday, had thrashed Hashimoto 21-15, 21-11 in a match that lasted for 43 minutes to set up a title clash with former world champion Hashimoto.

Saina Nehwal created history after she became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after her closest challenger for the spot, Spain’s Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal here.

The London Olympic bronze-medallist has won a staggering 14 international titles in her glorious career, and most recently she became the first Indian woman to make the finals of the prestigious All England Championships in Manchester.

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