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Manmohan Singh congratulates Saina Nehwal

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New Delhi, Jun 22: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today congratulated ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal on winning the Indonesian Open Badminton Championship.

In his message he said, "I am delighted to learn that Saina Nehwal has won the Championship. Saina is the first woman from India to win a Super Series Badminton Tournament and this is a milestone for Indian sports."

"Saina's achievement is a tribute to her talent, determination and hard work. It will inspire the women of the country to aim for higher goals in their chosen fields. I congratulate Saina on her extraordinary feat and wish her many more such successes in the future," he added.

In a gruelling three set match, sixth-seed Saina beat China's World No. 3 Wang Lin 12-21, 21-18, 21-19 to win the series.

Earlier, the Hyderabadi teen had turned things around in dramatic fashion, stunning former World No. 2 Lu Lan of China 25-23, 21-19 to storm into the final of the Indonesia Super Series, her maiden entry at this level.

Saina had beaten seventh-seed Lu 25-23, 21-19 to set up the title clash against Lin Wang on Sunday, Jun 21.


Story first published: Monday, June 22, 2009, 16:02 [IST]
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