Saina Nehwal was thwarted in her quest to become first Indian women’s player to win a gold medal at the World Championship. She lost her final match against defending champion and number one seed Carolina Marin 16-21 19-21 in Jakarta on Sunday.
After leading early in both sets, Saina let go of the advantage and ended up the second best. This is however still the best performance ever by an Indian as Nehwal became the first Indian player to win a silver at Worlds.
Nehwal, who has won close to 20 international titles including the Olympics bronze, was always unlucky when it came to the World championship. She was struck down by chicken pox once, stomach bug later - the 24-year-old was always laid low by some off-court problems. Even before the Worlds she was suffering from shoulder niggle but she did not allow that to affect her game.
(With inputs from PTI)