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2015 World Championships final - Carolina Marin clinches the world title after beating Saina Nehwal in straight games

Heartbreak for India.

Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin with their respective medals

India's Saina Nehwal lost the final of the 2015 World Championships 21-16 21-19 to Spain's Carolina Marin in Jakarta on Sunday.

Saina began the match well, winning 3 out of the first 5 points to go 3-2 up. She then further built the lead, to win the 3 out of the next 5 points as well to go 6-4 up. But things started to tilt towards the Spaniard’s favour at the 7-7 mark when Marin took the lead for the first time in the match and maintained that advantage  to lead 11-7 at the interval mark. 

After the interval, Marin continued to chip away with the points, winning 3 out of the 5 points after the interval to go 14-9 up. But an important break at the 16-10 mark, proved vital as Saina started to slowly claw her way back, winning 3 points straight to make it 13-16. But at that mark, Marin won 4 points on the trot to go 20-13 up and attain 7 game point opportunities. But Saina refused to back down without a fight, winning 3 points straight to reduce the deficit. But after yet another small break, Marin returned to finish the game 21-16 and take a crucial opening game lead.

Saina began the second game in a similar manner to the first, winning 3 out of the first 4 points to go 3-1 up. But Marin continued to stay in the contest, winning 4 out of the next 5 points to make 4-5. But Saina continued to hold on to her advantage, winning 3 out of the next 4 points to go 8-5 up. Despite Marin putting in her best, the World No.2 took an 11-6 lead at the interval.

After the interval, Marin started to claw her back, winning 4 out of the next 5 points to reduce the deficit to 10-12. The Spaniard then won 2 more points straight  to square it 12-12 and the took the lead to go 13-12 up. 

But a vital break at the 13-13 mark seemed to have helped the Indian as she won two points straight to go 15-13 up. But Marin fought back once again, winning 4 out of the next 6 points to level the score at 17-17.

But Marin again took the lead at that points, winning 2 out of the next points to fo 19-18 up. But Saina refused to throw in the towel, winning the next point to make it 19-19. But few more errors on Saina's part meant Marin won the second game 21-19 to win the title two years in a row.

Final Scoreline- Carolina Marin beat Saina Nehwal 21-16 21-19

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