Saina Nehwal lost to Carolina Marin in straight sets 16-21,19-21 in the final of the World Championship played at Jakarta just few moments ago. It was a brilliant battle between these two top players but Saina Nehwal could not grab the chance in both sets.
Carolina Marin and Saina Nehawal Ranked no 1 & 2 respectively meeting for the fifth meeting in finals with past history of 3-1 in favor of Sania, but in last meet Marin had won the title. Sania won the toss and elected the court. Carolina started serving and won the point as Saina put the shuttle in net after a brief rally. Sania broke next service and won points on her next 2 services to lead 3-1. Next few points were scored alternately following brief rallies mainly due to opponents errors of hitting out or putting in nets until Marina scored 3 successive points to take the score to reach 7-all, but surged ahead to lead 11-7 earning another 4 points before the interval. After resumption Saina broke her service as after a brief rally Carolin put the shuttle in net but could not hold on to her service. Carolina earned another 2 points to take her points tally to 13. After exchange of one point each Saina was involved in multiple errors of either putting in net or hitting wide. A review asked by Saina went in her favor taking the score tally to 10-15. Saina appeared bit diffident in last few rallies ending up losing points. Saina succeeded in her next review also to raise her score to 13 but made a judgment error of next placement by Marin. Two big smashes of Marina took her to 20-13 lead. After a service break and Saina earned 3 successive points but Marin won the first game at 21-16.
In the second game, Marin starting the service lost the point. Saina held her serve but not for love as she smashed the net in next point. Marin also did not hold her service. Both earning alternate points till Marin was held fault in serving over waist level. Saina’s errors were under control and she surged to a lead of 10-5 with fine mix of placements and shots. Then Marin’s forceful shot got her 6th point but not for long as at interval Saina led 11-6. After resumption Saina earned another point and then Marin earned 5 successive points with powerful shots and another due to Saina’s error to equal the score at 12 all and further surged ahead to 13-12 with another powerful shot on a poor return from Saina. Saina came back with a forceful shot to equal at 13 all and surged forward by another 2 points following a good rally of 23 shots. Saina challenged a line call but was not successful. Then continued alternate points earning process after good rallies until the score reached 17 all and continued same way to 18 all. Then Marin earned 2 successive points to lead 20-18, but Saina came back to earn 1 point but an erratic hit after a brief rally on her own serve costed her the game and match. Saina had to settle for the silver medal.
It was an outstanding performance by Saina Nehwal who was first Indian to reach the finals of the World Championships but failed to cross the final hurdle.