Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF World Championships title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury, in Jakarta, on Sunday.
The London Olympics bronze medallist was trailing 4-10 in the opening game when Marin decided to withdraw from the contest.
"It is important year for all of us. This was not good at all. She is a tough competitor, she started off well and it is unfortunate what happened today," said Saina, who last won a BWF title in 2017 in Malaysia.
It is a creditable performance for the Indian shuttler, who had suffered a shin injury late last year.
"I just came out of injury. I played this event to see how good is this. and I'm happy I could play the semifinals at Malaysia and final here. Looking forward to get back to shape and play next tournament," she said.
"I have been getting injured in the last few years. I always try to come back stronger, there is no secret. I want to thank physios and coaches who are supporting me a lot," she added.
Taking it to Twitter, she shared pictures from her victorious moment:
She further posted another tweet, extending warm wishes to Carolina Marin for her speedy recovery, calling her the 'the best player in women’s badminton to face it today in the match'.
Read the tweet here:
Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International.
(With PTI inputs)