Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal wins title after Marin retires injured in final - As it happened
Saina Nehwal has won her first Indonesia Masters final after Carolina Marin was forced to retire with a foot injury
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In the much-anticipated Indonesia Masters final, the Spanish shuttler Caroline Marin started strongly against Saina Nehwal and rushed into a 9-3 lead in the first game. But she injured her right foot after a hard landing. Marin tried to continue but after two more points, it became clear she couldn’t continue. Marin’s withdrawal has handed Nehwal her first Indonesia Masters title.
Here’s how the Indonesia Masters final between Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin unfolded:
Nehwal Indonesia Masters champion
Marin couldn’t continue after suffering a foot injury and was forced to retire while she was leading 10-4. Saina Nehwal is the 2019 Indonesia Masters champion.
The Spaniard has gone down injured and is trying to play through the pain. But it looks like she won’t be able to continue.
Nehwal kept at an arm’s length
Nehwal is struggling to counter Marin’s all-court game. The Spaniard consolidates her lead to 9-2
Marin builds early lead
She leads Nehwal 5-1
We are underway
Nehwal serves but Marin draws first blood. The Spaniard leads 1-0
First for Nehwal or Marin?
Saina Nehwal has never won the Indonesia Masters and neither has the reigning Olympic and three-time world champion Carolina Marin. Both the shuttlers will be eager to add the prestigious title to their name today.
The match will begin shortly.
Antonsen takes men’s singles title
The Dane played a great match to get the better of Kento Momota 21-16, 14-21, 21-16. It’s a first BWF World Tour Super 500 title for the 21-year-old. And his reaction--as he ran towards the crowd without acknowledging the chair umpire, flinging his shirt towards the fan--shows how much it means to him.
Meanwhile, men’s singles final heads for tight finish
Kento Momota and Anders Antonsen are locked in an enthralling encounter. The Dane took the first game 21-16 before the Japanese shuttler stormed back with a 21-14 win in the second. The third game is tied at 4-4. This is headed for a tight finish.
Nehwal vs Marin will follow shortly.
Nehwal’s road to final
Nehwal’s passage to the final has included first round 7-21, 21-16, 21-11 win over Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine. She followed it up with a two-game 21-17, 21-15 win against Fitriani before dispatching Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-7, 21-18 in their quarter-final contest. In the semi-final, China’s He Bingjiao gave the Indian shuttler a tough match before she lost 18-21, 21-12, 21-18.
Can Nehwal get past the final and the imposing hurdle, Marin?
Nehwal trails in head-to-head
Nehwal and Marin have faced each other 11 times. The Spanish shuttler holds a narrow advantage, having won six time to the Indian’s five. Nehwal will be keen to restore balance with a win today.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Indonesia Masters women’s singles final where India’s Saina Nehwal will taken on Carolina Marin in the final. This is Saina’s maiden appearance in the final of this tournament and she will look to become the first Indian women’s player to win the Indonesia Masters title.