On Sunday, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal beat Carolina Marin in the final of the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta, and in doing so, created history by becoming the first Indian woman to lift the title.
The match, billed as the one to look for, ended in an unfortunate fashion after Marin, who was leading the first game 10-4, had to forfeit due to a leg injury. She decided to withdraw from the contest, resulting in an automatic victory for Saina.
It was a very emotional affair at the arena, as Saina consoled her opposite number after she was unable to carry on. The gesture by the Indian shuttler and the pain of Carolina moved everyone across the world, including former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Following the events in the final, the Master Blaster took to Twitter to congratulate Saina for her achievement, and also had a few inspiring words for Carolina.
"Wonderful to see @NSaina play incredibly well to reach the finals of the #IndonesiaMasters2019 and go on to become the first Indian woman shuttler to win it. Saina has had her fair share of injuries and has come out fighting fit, I’m sure @CarolinaMarin will bounce back too," his post read.
After being crowned as the winner, Saina Nehwal also had some encouraging words for her opposite number. Taking to Twitter, the Indian ace shuttler was out of words for Marin and wished her a speedy recovery.
"Not the way I wanted it in the finals of #indonesiamasterssuper500 ... injuries are worst for players and it was very unfortunate to see @CarolinaMarin the best player in women’s badminton to face it today in the match .. I wish u a very speedy recovery come back soon," her Twitter post read.