Marin wins world title

Highlights – Hannover 96 vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Spain's world number one Carolina Marin defeated India’s No. 2 seed Saina Nehwal to win the Badminton World Championships in Jakarta on Sunday.

Marin retained her world title with a 21-16, 21-19 win over Saina.

The match started with Marin serving first and she won the opening rally but then Saina forced a few errors to jump to a 5-3 lead.

The Spanish player fought back to level things at 7-7 and then lead 11-7 after her aggressive play forced the Indian player into a number of errors.

Saina pulled back to 8-13 and won another point when she challenged a line call a bit later at 15-9 to win the point.

Marin kept her opponent on the back foot with aggressive play to eventually get to game point leading 20-13; Saina did well to save three of those but lost the opening game 21-16.

Saina took an early lead winning the opening two points in the second game and went on to lead 4-2 after a service error by Marin.

The game swung back and forth with errors plus some great play by the two players.

The Indian star went to a 9-5 lead after some great net play and after more forced errors she led 11-6 at the interval.

The world No. 1 returned to the court by attacking more and won four straight points to cut the lead to 10-12, then Marin won two more points to draw level. She won seven straight points to go up in the game 13-12. 

Saina won two straight points to regain the lead. As the matched progressed things got tight and the two eventually were tied at 17-17.

Marin then won two points to lead 19-18 and then went onto winning the game and title 21-19.

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