Saina Becomes World’s Nu-1 Badminton Player


New Delhi: India’s badminton star Saina Nehwal has regained World Number 1 position, toppling Spain’s Carolina Martin, who defeated Nehwal in a final in World Badminton Championship last week.

With a total of 82792 points, Saina is perched at the top, while Spain’s Martin is at number 2 with a tally of 80612 points. Chinese Taipei’s TAI Tzu Ying is third with 70200 points.

It was heartbreak for Saina Nehwal and her fans as the Indian badminton ace lost the women's singles final to Spanish top seed and title holder Carolina Marin to settle for the silver at the World Championships on Sunday.

Carolina took just a minute less than an hour to beat the Indian second seed 21-16, 21-19 at the 9,000-seater Istora Senayan. That was the former World No.1 Spaniard's second consecutive win over Saina in five career meetings.

This was the fourth final encounter between the two. They had also clashed during a quarterfinal at the 2013 Indonesia Open which Saina won.

This was the fifth time an Indian has won a medal at the World meet.

"It really really helped (decision to shift to Bangalore) and everyone can see that. A lot has changed since then. I have changed as a person. As of now I have become World no. 1, won China and India Open, reached the finals of All England and World Championships. All these happened only as I moved to Bangalore," Saina said after returning from World Championship in Jakarta, where she lost to Spain's Carolina Marin in final.