Saina Nehwal defeats Ratchanok Intanon to win maiden India Open Super Series title
Having been crowned the world number one yesterday, Saina Nehwal clinched the Yonex Sunrise All India Open Super Series title after defeating World No. 8 Thai shuttler Ratchanok Intanon in the summit clash.
The top-seeded Nehwal prevailed over the 20-year-old Intanon 21-16, 21-14 in the women’s singles final which lasted 49 minutes at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
The 25-year-old Indian made a whirlwind start to the match, zooming to a healthy 11-5 lead in the opening game. But trailing 5-12, Ratchanok reeled off five straight points to make the scores 10-12.
After the breather, the Indian gathered the lost momentum and sealed the next six points in a row to take a healthy lead. This proved to be very crucial for the Indian shuttler as she wrapped the opening game 21-16.
Nehwal was getting tremendous support from the home crowd, and the loud cheers of ‘Saina Saina’ and ‘India India’ boosted her confidence even more.
The second game was a completely one-sided affair as the Thai player looked far behind the Indian in terms of quickness and dexterity. Though Nehwal lost a couple of points because of miscued shots, she managed to hold on to her nerves and grabbed the game with ease by the scoreline of 21-14.
With this win Nehwal has become the first Indian player to win the All India Super Series title. This is her second title of the season; in Janauary she won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title.