The China Open is one of the biggest tournaments in the Badminton calendar year. Winning the tournament is no mean task due to the level of competition seen in the tournament. It is widely accepted that the Chinese produce the best badminton players in the world and all of them give their all to win their home tournament. This makes Saina Nehwal winning the 2014 edition of the China Open all the more commendable.
The bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympic was at the peak of her powers during the 2014 edition of the China Open. In the final, she faced tough competition in the form of young and upcoming Japanese sensation, Akane Yamaguchi.
The then World No.5 proved too tough a competition for the young Japanese to handle as Saina prevailed 21-12 22-20 in straight games. It only took Saina 42 minutes to win her maiden China Open title.
With this Saina became the first Indian to win the prestigious tournament in China, but she wouldn’t be alone in accomplishing the feat, as inspired by her accomplishment, K Srikanth and PV Sindhu would also end up winning the tournament.