Double delight for India in Badminton
Its a golden double for India in Badminton - a historic rare for Indian sports.
India becomes only the second country after host China to win both the singles titles at the 'China Open 2014' when emerging national sensation Kidambi Srikanth stunned 5-time worldchampion Lin Dan in the final of the men's event.
Indian Badminton queen Saina Nehwal had earlier clinched the women's singles title by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets.
At the Height of Success
- Kidambi Srikanth, the underdog, played out of his skin to humble Lin Dan with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.
- Lin Dan is considered to be the greatest singles player of all time by many - a belief strengthened by his rich coffers of awards that include 2 Olympic and 5 All England crowns.
- This is probably the greatest male Indian achievement since the famous victory of Pullela Gopichand at the All England championship in 2001.
- He has also become the first male Indian shuttler to grab a 'Super Series Premier event' in history.
Saina rise in China
- Saina is really on a roll this year winning her third title after the glory at Australian Super Series, in addition to the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold.
- China Open is a very prestigious and competitive badminton tournament (2nd level) in the world - being one of the BWF Super Series tournaments.
Four levels of Badminton Tournaments
- The Thomas, Uber, and Sudirman Cups, the Olympics, and the BWF World Championships (Junior event as weel), are categorized as level one tournaments.
- BWF Super Series and All-England Championships are level two tournaments.
- Level three tournaments consist of Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix events.
- The level four tournaments, known as International Challenge, International Series and Future Series, encourage participation by junior players.
Saina Nehwal Achievements
- Indonesia Super Series (2009, 2010 & 2012): 3 crowns
- Singapore Super Series (2010): 1 title
- Australian Open (2014): 1 title
- Denmark Open Super Series (2012): 1 title
- Hong Kong Super Series (2010): 1 title
Apart from these top level (2nd) tournaments she also had grabbed 6 Grand Prix Gold (3rd level) titles.
As for Kidambi Srikanth, 'Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold' is the only significant title he has captured before creating history here at the China Open.