Former world number one Saina Nehwal lifted the Indonesia Masters title as her Spanish opponent Carolina Marin retired hurt during the first game of the summit showdown here on Sunday.
Carolina injured her right foot after a hard landing and, despite trying hard, she could not continue playing. Eventually, she decided to pull out of the match.
Saina did not make the best of the starts in the final match as her three-time world champion opponent raced ahead with a four-point lead in the first game. Carolina further consolidated her lead over the Indian shuttler as she was now leading the game 9-2.
With the first game scoreline reading 4-10 in Carolina’s favour, the match was brought to a forced end.
This is Saina’s first-ever Indonesia masters title.
Nehwal had defeated China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday to enter the finals of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters. The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who had reached the finals at the last edition, notched up a come-from-behind 18-21 21-12 21-18 triumph over sixth seed Bingjiao, who had won a bronze medal at the World Championship last year.
Marin, three-time World Champion and reigning Olympic champion, had bested China’s Chen Yufei to set up the final clash with Nehwal.
In men’s singles event, Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen defeated Kento Momota of Japan 21-16, 14-21, 21-16 in the final match to win the Indonesia Masters trophy.
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PM Modi congratulates PV Sindhu on becoming World Badminton Champion
The prime minister Narendra Modi personally and heartily congratulated the world-class international badminton player PV Sindhu in New Delhi after returning from G 7 summit by blessing her for bringing laurels for the country, winning the BWF World Championships, the first-ever Indian shuttler to do so. After wishing her good luck and blessing Sindhu on her outstanding feat Prime minister Modi tweeted: India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavors.
Earlier yesterday night while PV Sindhu landed at the Palam International Airport she was accorded a tumultuous welcome by her supporters, fans, badminton fraternity and family members with media gathered in large numbers. According to her tweet, Sindhu wrote: I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National Anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World championship. Had been preparing for it for so… added Sindhu in her tweet. Earlier the sports ministry had announced a cash reward of ten lakhs for PV Sindhu on her outstanding international achievement at the world badminton championship.
While meeting the prime minister Narendra Modi, Sindhu was joined by the legendary badminton star of India and the present chief coach Pullela Gopichand and a new foreign coach Kim Ji Hyun, a former South Korean international. Both Pullela Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun had immensely contributed by training and acutely sharpening the attacking prowess of PV Sindhu turning her into an ebullient and aggressive player.
Her father PV Ramana, a recipient of coveted Arjuna Award and former volleyball player also accompanied her. The Sports and Youth Affair minister hailing from the North East Kiran Rijiju was the happiest person who accorded Sindhu full respects and encouragement. He had immediately announced a cash gift INR 10 lakhs cash gift to the Badminton World Champion.
Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiran Rijiju who had personally congratulated Sindhu on her exemplary achievement tweeted: honored @Pvsindhu1 created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time. My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India. The entire country is indeed proud of her. Good luck Sindhu.
PM Modi has called her as India’s pride.
Sania Nehwal appointed to IOC Athletes Commission
IOC President, Thomas Bach has sent a letter to Indian Badminton Player, Sania Nehwal which states that she has been appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission which is a matter of pride not just for her but for India also.
This letter has come at the time when she is about to resume her badminton practice after a long time as she was recovering from a knee injury which she had during the Olympics and lost the chance of winning a medal.
She received latter last night which stated “Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes’ Commission.”
The IOC is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and this committee consists of 9 Vice Presidents with ten other members. The next is also expected to be held on 6th November and Nehwal may have to attend this meeting.
She is a great Badminton player who has played a great role in making India proud and now this decision of the IOC has again proved that Indian sports player are no way behind from anyone and deserves to be the members of the International committee other than cricket.
Sania had a major knee injury when she was attending a match during the Olympics, she sustained an intra-articular injury to her right knee and few days back she gave an interview to PTI in which told that she hoped to play tournaments in November if everything went well.
As expected her family is happy after receiving the letter from IOC and especially her father has expressed happiness over her appointment to the panel.
Her father feels that it is a matter of great privilege for them because his daughter has finally been recognized by the panel and took a decision to make her a part of the panel and she will definitely prove to be of use to them. They are very proud of her and wish her good success.
Health benefits of playing badminton
Badminton has become a popular sport among all ages and it is fun to play this game which will make you shed those extra pounds and become fit and the best part is that you can play it anywhere with or without net. Here some benefits of playing badminton which will it your favourite sports activity and you might also quit other sports activities and gym to enjoy this awesome game.
It is the easiest way to lose weight
When you play badminton for an hour then you will burn nearly 480 calories which is highest count of calories burnt as compared to any sports and if you will play on daily basis then you can lose upto 4 kg in a month. This sport allows your body to use all muscles in the body and due to this fact calorie burning is more.
Tone up your body and muscles
Whenever you play badminton you use all muscles in the body so in turn a regular playing of this port will tone all body muscles and will help you in maintain your physique. If you want to cut the extra fat then this is the game for you as after shedding the extra you can work on your abs hamstrings, calves and quads.
Increased rate of metabolism
It is one of the best cardio exercises which make you sweat a lot naturally and the harmful toxins leave the body through sweating and make you feel light and free of toxins which results in increased rate metabolism.
It helps you to focus and concentrate on the work at hand so you start doing better in personnel and professional life as your mind get used to complete the task at hand and succeed in that.
Good for heart
By playing badminton heart muscles strengthen and cholesterol level decreases by burning extra fat. Even people who already have some heart problem can play this sport but under supervision of doctor.