BAI announces Rs 10 lakh cash reward for Saina
New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Akhilesh Das Gupta on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs for Saina Nehwal for winning the Australian Badminton Open Superseries women's singles title in Sydney.
The World No.8 defeated China's Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the thrilling final match. This is Saina's second Australian Open win and with this, she has claimed her maiden title this season.
Das Gupta said in a release: "I congratulate her for this marvellous victory. This is another milestone in her career as she won second Australian Open. This win will sure motivate her for the most important Rio 2016 Olympics where she is leading the Indian Badminton contingent."
"On behalf of BAI and Indian badminton fraternity, I am congratulating her and wishing a great run in the Olympics. I also congratulate her coach Vimal Kumar and support staff who have been on their toes to bring out the best from Saina."
The BAI chief also stressed that the latest win showcases the 26-year-old's preparedness for the Rio Olympic Games starting from August 5. This was the last MetLife BWF World SuperSeries before the Rio Olympics.
Saina has a bronze from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"Saina has been training hard for the last many months and has showed impressive performance in all BWF tournaments. This win in Sydney showcases her preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics and her readiness for the big matches," he said.
"I am confident that Saina will continue this form and will bring another Olympic medal for the country."