Mumbai: Saina Nehwal is only 22! But, she has broken enough records in Indian sport to be called a living legend. On a typical cold Sunday evening in Copenhagen, Saina cat-walked her way to yet another honour. She became the only Indian after Prakash Padukone (in 1980) to win a Danish Open Superseries title. And that too, without dropping a single game in the tournament.
Her 21-17, 21-8 victory in the final over Juliane Schenk of Germany was as emphatic as it was cruelly one-sided. An elated Pullela Gopichand, who has coached and nurtured Saina since she was 13, said after the final: "Saina was sharp, exceedingly efficient and explosive when it mattered. This was a drubbing and she was comfortable almost throughout, especially in the second game which was one-sided."
This is her sixth Superseries title - a premier event in the sport - and like the Indonesian Open earlier in the year, this one too has cemented her place among the legends of world badminton. The Denmark Open was a huge field with three of the top-most Chinese stars competing.