World No. 1 Saina scoots into finals

Published on March 29, 2015 01:55:43 AM
Sports
New Delhi: Saina Nehwal made history today as she emerged as the first Indian lady shuttler to achieve the world number one positioning after Spain's Carolina Marin lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal.

Despite the fact that the official rankings will be out on Thursday next week, the 25-year-old Indian has been guaranteed of her rising to the top owing to Marin's loss in the last-four rounds.

The leading world champion, who was seeded second, lost to third seed Thai Ratchanok Intanon 21-19 21-23 22-20.

Prakash Padukone attained the privilege of being the No.1 men's badminton player, and after years Saina has achieved the same feat among women.

Saina plays Japan's Yui Hashimoto in the second semifinal; however the Indian ace player will be No.1 regardless of her result today.

The London Olympic bronze-medalist has bagged a stunning 14 international titles in her splendid career and most recently she turned into the first Indian lady to make to the finals of the prestigious All England Championships in Manchester.