All England Championship: After creating history, Saina Nehwal loses to Carolina Marin in final
Carolina Marin beat Saina Nehwal to win the women's single title of the All England badminton championships.
New Delhi: Carolina Marin beat Saina Nehwal on Sunday to win the women's single title of the All England badminton championships.
The Spaniard reigning world champion, beat the Indian 17-21, 21-14, 21-7.
Marin became the first left hander to win the championship in Birmingham.
Saina missed to clinch a slice of history to become the first Indian woman to win the event.
Prakash Padukone (1980) and Pulella Gopichand (2001) are the only Indians to have won this title.
On Saturday, Saina defeated Sun Yu of China in straight sets to become the first Indian women to qualify for the prestigious tournament.
This was only second time in a decade when two non-Chinese players played in the women's singles final at the All England championships.
In 2013 Tine Baun of Denmark beat Thai Ratchanok Inthanon in the final. In that edition, Inthanon defeated Saina in the semis.
Xie Xingfang (2005, 2006, 2007), Wang Yihan (2009), Wang Shixian (2011, 2014), Li Xuerui (2012) have made All England a happy hunting ground for burgeoning Chinese badminton players. For a change. Dane Tine Rasmussen beat China's Lu Lan in the 2010 submit clash.
Saina's best result in this BWF Superseries Premier event had been two semi-final appearances in 2010 and 2013. In her previous eight appearances, starting 2007, she also made three other quarter-finals.