Ace Indian women's shuttler Saina Nehwal [ Images ] wrote a new chapter in badminton history when she won the Indonesian Open Super Series in Jakarta on Sunday.
The 19-year-old World junior champion beat China's world No 3 Wang Lin 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 to become the first Indian to win a Super Series event.
"This is great. I never expected to win," said the world No 8 after her triumph over the world No 3, who had only last week beaten the Indian in the Singapore Super Series."
"It couldn't have been better. I am elated, excited and shocked as well," added the Hyderabad-based girl, who had made it to the Olympics [ Images ] singles quarter-finals in Beijing [ Images ] last year.
Commenting on Saina's feat, former all-England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand [ Images ] said, "Saina's achievement is huge not just for Indian badminton but Indian sport also.
"In terms of quality, the Indonesian event is as good as the all-England, the Olympics or the World championships with eight of the world's top 10 figuring in it."
Certainly! Saina's triumph is reward for hard work and a moment to cherish for Indian sport.
Join us in congratulating the champion on her latest conquest.