Saina Nehwal wins India Open badminton tournament
Ace shuttler and World No 1 Saina Nehwal won the women's singles title of the India Open Superseries for the first time after beating Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon
New Delhi: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal won her maiden $275,000 India Open Superseries crown here on Sunday defeating former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in straight games in the women's singles final.
Playing at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, the No.1 seed came out on top to win 21-16, 21-14 in 49 minutes to take a 6-3 lead in career meetings over the third seeded Thai, who won here in 2013.
Saina Nehwal plays a return to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand during their women's single final match at the Yonex -Sunrise India Open 2015 at the Siri Fort Sports complex in New Delhi. Pic/AFP
This is Saina's second title of the year after winning the India Grand Prix GOLD in January in Lucknow. She had also reached the All England final earlier this month where she lost to reigning World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain.
Previously, Saina's best performance at her home Super Series was a quarterfinal finish last year.
World No.2 Saina is assured of the No.1 spot when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) revises its rankings on Thursday.
The 25-year-old's compatriot Kidambi Srikanth will play his men's singles final against Danish Viktor Axelsen later in the day.