Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who won the Indian Open title on Sunday beating former world champion Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon praised her current coach Vimal Kumar for her consistent performances.
Newly-crowned India Open champions, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will look to continue their fairytale run as they eye another podium finish at the USD 500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier which gets underway with the qualifiers here tomorrow.
Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand has lavished praise on K Srikanth after his India Open triumph, describing him as a fighter with a great range of strokes but said he still needs to improve "mental aspects" to win more laurels for the country.
Saina Nehwal clinched her maiden India Open Super Series title after notching up a dominating straight game victory against former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the summit clash on Sunday.
Relieved to clinch her maiden India Open Super Series title, badminton star Saina Nehwal on Sunday said it is a huge burden off her head as she has always struggled to win this tournament and vowed to bring more laurels for the country in future.
Praising Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal for their success at the India Open Super Series, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday said it was a 'dream come true' before stressing that consistency will be the key for Indian players to bring more laurels in future.
In a perfect day for the Indian badminton, Women's Singles new World No.1 Saina Nehwal first won her first Indian Super Series title defeating her Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in straight sets, 21-16 21-14; then youngster Srikanth Kidambi topped it up with a thrilling three-set win over Dane Victor Axelsen 18-21 21-13 21-12 in front of a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex crowd in Delhi.
A series of losses against top shuttlers had left Saina Nehwal in tears but the Indian ace showed tremendous drive and hunger to achieve the World No.1 status, former national coach Vimal Kumar said here on Saturday.
Saina Nehwal created history when she occupied the top spot as a badminton champion by becoming the first Indian woman to do so. Although the official list is still due, the defeat of Spain's Carolina Marin has shot Nehwal to the top of the table.
It's a historic day for Indian badminton. Newly crowned women's World Number 1 Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made short work of the their semi-final opponents to enter the title round of India Open Super Series in Delhi.