Saina Nehwal has a list of accomplishments, which any sportsperson would be proud to have. But one achievement, which has so far eluded Saina in her career is the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championship, the oldest and the most coveted badminton championship in the world. In 2015, it was a story of so near, yet so far for the Indian ace, as she faced a heart-breaking defeat against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.
The then Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal’s quest for becoming the first Indian woman to win the most prestigious All England badminton championship ended in agony after she suffered a heart-breaking loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the summit clash in Birmingham
Saina had a tremendous opportunity to win the title after she won the first game 21-16. But Marin, who up to that point had never beaten Saina in a singles clash, mounted an astounding comeback and ended up winning the next two games 14-21, 7-21, to seal the victory in little over an hour.
With this loss, Saina failed to match the accomplishments of Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand as the only two Indians to win the prestigious tournament.
To this day, Saina is trying to add the prestigious tournament to her locker.