Saina Nehwal becomes World No 1 after Carolina Marin loses Indian Open Semis

NEW DELHI(DD):Saina Nehwal created history on Saturday as she became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking after her closest challenger for the spot, Spain’s Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal .

Saina Nehwal becomes World No 1 after Carolina Marin loses Indian Open Semis

Though the official rankings will be out only on Thursday next week, the 25-year-old Indian has been assured of her ascent to the top owing to Marin’s loss in the last-four stage.

The reigning world champion, who was seeded second, lost to third seed Thai Ratchanok Intanon 21-19, 21-23, 22-20.

Prakash Padukone had the distinction of being the No. 1 men’s badminton player but Saina became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat.