Fuzhou (China), Nov 17: In a historic day in Indian badminton history, Olympic bronze-medalist Saina Nehwal clinched the women’s single title of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier tournaments on Sunday while Kidambi Srikanth won the men’s Super series title by defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China.
While world’s no. 5 Saina beat Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 21-12, 22-20 in 42 minutes the China Open Super Series Premier to win her third title of the year, young shuttler Srikanth defeated home-favourite Lin Dan in just 46 minutes to mark the biggest win in his career at the Haixia Olympic Sport.
Srikanth showed nerves of steel to deliver a dominating performance which helped him beat five-time world champion Lin 21-19 21-17 in the men’s singles final match.
This is the first time any Indian male shuttler has won a Super Series Premier event ever since the Super Series and Premier tournaments were introduced.
The 21-year-old boy from Andhra Pradesh, who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold last year, had finished runners-up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter-finalist in this year’s Malaysian Open.
Before winning this tile, Saina had won the Australian Super Series in June, besides clinching the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold early in the year.
(With Agency Inputs)