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‘This win is for my critics’

New Delhi: On Sunday, Saina Nehwal was in acute pain before the Australian Open final against Carolina Marin at Sydney. She had blisters on her feet and it affected her movements on court. But the Indian ace was determined to overcome the odds and won the title in style, defeating the Spaniard 21-18, 21-11 in 43 minutes.

“I was determined not to lose,” said Saina after the match.

“My feet were hurting but I dished out my best. It is a very special win for me. I am really happy with my fighting spirit,” she added. The victory made Saina richer by $56,000.

Saina had every reason to feel happy. Ever since winning the India Grand Prix in Lucknow in January, Saina had lost in the early rounds in a series of major meets. Questions were raised about her fitness and her ability to make a comeback.

“This win is for my critics. This is a special victory for me because I believed I could winů I knew I would get a title very soon and here I am with the Super Series title. I felt confident before the start of the tournament. All I thought was about playing well and giving my best. I knew I am in good shape and I could do well,” she added.

Interestingly, Saina became the first non-Chinese shuttler to win a women’s singles Super Series title in 2014. Chinese girls claimed all the Super Series title this year so far.