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Saina Is World Number One

PTI 12 Dec 2010, 22:18:47 IST
New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal rallied to register a scintilliating three-game victory over Shixian Wang of China to clinch her third Super Series title of the year at the Hong Kong Open in Wanchai today.

The 20-year-old Indian capped her career's fourth Super Series title triumph with a 15-21 21-16 21-17 win over the third seed Chinese in a gruelling one hour and 11 minutes summit clash at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

The girl from Hyderabad won back-to-back titles -- Indian Open Grand Prix, Singapore Open Super Series and defended the Indonesian Super Series -- before clinching the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in October here.

Saina, who dropped to fourth in the world rankings, is likely to inch closer to the number one spot with this resounding victory.

After clinching her career's fourth Super Series title with a thumping victory in the Hong Kong Open, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal today said the triumph has made up for the disappointment of last month's Asian Games debacle.

"It was fantastic especially since I didn't do well in the Asian Games. I didn't train much before this tournament and didn't expect to win. May be because I practiced a lot before the Asian Games so I decided to relax but I am very happy to win it here," said Saina, who had lost in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games in China last month.

Saina beat China's Shixian Wang 15-21 21-16 21-17 to lift her third Super Series title of the year and said she was confident of pulling off a win even though she lost the first game.