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Ranjeet Kumar, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management-IIT Kharagpur.
On 8th March 2015, the world No. 3 Indian Saina Nehwal lost the women’s singles final of All England Open Badminton Championships to Spain’s Carolina Marin in Birmingham and won the Bronze medal for India.
It was a heartbreak game as she was giving a stupendous performance in the first set of the game. After winning first set by 21-16 and having good lead in 2nd set, it seemed that she is bagging the title in his hand easily. But a sudden turnaround led her to distract her concentration and that has changed the game and she loosed by 21-16, 14-21, and 7-21. Saina’s smashes were regularly picked by Spanish World No 6, who upped the ante to change the momentum of the contest. Carolina used her deceiving shots and sliced smashes to good effect to take the lead. Her shots and lighting movements were too fast for Saina, who slumped to her first defeat to Spaniard in four meetings.
She couldn’t win the title but the performance of her for India has made us proud. She was the first women to reach the final of the prestigious All England Championship. She regained the world no 2 spot again in the latest ranking released by Badminton ranking federation. Let’s hope she will work hard and be the No 1 and let us proud in the future.