The 2015 Edition of World Badminton Championship proved to be a memorable tournament for India as Saina Nehwal finished second, just behind Carolina Marin.
Men’s category sees early exits
While Saina Nehwal went on to have a successful campaign, the Indian players in the men’s category disappointed. Parupalli Kashyap was the first to be knocked out after he was outclassed by Tien Minh Nguyen in the second round.
Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy fell in the third round, marking the end of Indian Men in the tournament. Srikanth was knocked out by Yun Hu of China while Prannoy suffered defeat to Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a hard-fought battle.
PV Sindhu almost gets a hat-trick
PV Sindhu, who has won the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship for the last two years, was looking to get a hat-trick this time around. She started off her campaign on a high note as well and looked impressive in the early rounds.
Sindhu managed to reach the quarter-final of the tournament and on her way; she even defeated World Number three Xuerui Li. However, the 20-year-old crashed out in the quarter-final after a solid match against eight-seeded Sung Ji Hyun.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who carried high expectations on their shoulders, also crashed out in the Quarter Finals. The team was defeated by unseeded Japanese pairing of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao with a score line of 23-25, 14-21.
Saina Nehwal makes History
Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win a silver medal in the World Badminton Championship. She was seeded second in the tournament and went through some tough competition to reach the final. Saina had easy victories in the early rounds of the tournament and the first real test for Saina came in the quarterfinals.
She was pitted up against former world Champion Wang Yihan and after a thriller match, Saina came out winning 21-15, 19-21, 21-19. The Indian then followed it up by defeating Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia in the Semi-Finals to set up a date with Marin in the final.
The final proved to be an excellent spectacle for the neutral fans but unfortunately for Saina, Marin took the match home in straight sets. Despite the loss, Saina can be proud of her performance, which is the best performance by an Indian at the tournament.
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