Sachin Tendulkar wishes Saina Nehwal ahead of All England final

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday wished Saina Nehwal ahead of her historic final in the All England Badminton Championships.

By Dattaraj Thaly | Last Updated: Mar 08, 2015, 15:53 PM IST
Sachin Tendulkar wishes Saina Nehwal ahead of All England final

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday wished Saina Nehwal ahead of her historic final in the All England Badminton Championships.

The batting maestro took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share express his sentiments.

The 24-year-old Olympic medalist will play reigning World Champion and sixth-seeded Carolina Marin of Spain in the women's singles title clash.

Saina Nehwal on Saturday scalped yet another Chinese shuttler to make her first All England Badminton Championships final and become the first Indian woman to do so.

The Indian star made short work of unseeded Sun Yu, winning the semi-final match under an hour in Birmingham.

The world-number three from India had earlier defeated her Chinese nemesis and former World Champion Wang Yihan for the first time in more than two years in their last-eight encounter at the Barclaycard Arena.

Saina, who has been regarded as on the top players able to challenge the Chinese might, started her semi-final match in a sluggish way, but went onto win the first set 21-13.

After a brief fight-back from the Chinese, the 24-year-old Indian took the second set in an identical score-line to reach her maiden All England final.

In her previous eight attempts at the prestigious tournament, she reached the semi-finals twice in 2010 and 2013. She lost in the last eight stage last year.

Overall, Saina is the third Indian to qualify for the singles finals, after legendary Prakash Padukone and her former mentor Pullela Gopichand. Padukone and Gopichand won the championships in 1980 and 2001 respectively.