Saina Nehwal makes maiden All England Badminton final

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Birmingham, March 8: Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday when she beat China's Sun Yu 21-13, 21-13 to make her maiden All England Badminton final.


India's Olympic medal-winner shuttler had earlier defeated China's former world champion Yihan Wang 21-19, 21-6 to march into the last four of the $500,000 event at the Barclaycard Arena here on Friday night.

Nehwal had lost in the semifinals of the tournament in 2010 and 2013.

Here is the list of Indian players who has made the All England Badminton final till date:

  • Prakash Nath lost to Sweden's Cony Jepsen 7-15, 11-15 in 1947
  • Prakash Padukone beat Indonesia's Liem Swie King 15-3, 15-10 in 1980
  • Prakash Padukone lost to Indonesia's Liem Swie King 15-11, 4-15, 6-15 in 1981
  • Pullela Gopichand beat China's Chen Hong 15-12, 15-6 in 2001
  • Saina Nehwal became first Indian woman to make the final in 2015. She will take on Spain's Carolina Marin in the final on Sunday.

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