World No. 1 Saina Nehwal wins India Open title

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New Delhi, March 29: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who yesterday created history by becoming world number 1, clinched her maiden India Open Super Series title today at Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Saina becomes world number 1

On Sunday, top seed Saina defeated Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in straight games 21-16, 21-14 in the women's singles final. She is the first Indian player to win the India Open.

Saina Nehwal

In front of cheering home fans, Saina dominated right from the start to dispatch her opponent in 49 minutes. In two days, it has been a double delight for the Olympic bronze medallist - first the World No. 1 rank and now this title.

It has been a good year so far for Saina. In January, she had won the Indian Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow. Earlier this month, the 25-year-old from Hyderabad had reached the final of All England Open Championship. She is the first woman to reach the final of All England Open.

Saina will official become world no. 1 on Thursday when the Badminton World Federation (BWF) updates its rankings.

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