Jakarta: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal beat China’s world No. 3 Wang Lin to become the first Indian to win a super series badminton tournament with victory in the Indonesian Open on Sunday.
Nehwal took the crown by beating Wang 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 to take the title and the $18,750 prize.
“It is a dream come true for me, it couldn’t have been better. I am elated, excited and shocked as well. I always wanted to win a Super series but I have never thought I will win it at such an early age,” said Nehwal, who is ranked eighth in the world and was seeded sixth in the tournament.
Winning smile: Saina Nehwal with her medal after beating China’s Wang Lin in the Indonesian Open finals at Djarum on Sunday. Crack Palinggi / Reuters
Nehwal capitalized on Wang’s fatigue and wavering confidence in the final set after outlasting her counterpart in the longer rallies, sealing the match with a powerful jumping smash in front of a 7,000-strong crowd.
“I was playing well all these months but losing close matches against top-ranked players so it was a little difficult to believe that I have actually won. It took time for the realization to sink in,” she said.
The Hyderabadi girl, who won the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold tournament in September, ranked the Indonesian Open title win as her best ever performance till date.
In the men’s singles, Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei lived up to his world number one title, beating Indonesia’s celebrated Taufik Hidayat in straight sets 21-9, 21-14.
(‘PTI’ contributed to this story.)