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A wonderful day for Indian badminton, says PM Modi

November 17, 2014 10:35 IST

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal of India competes. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated shuttlers Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth for their victories at the China Open Super Series tournament on Sunday.

K Srikanth stuns Lin Dan to win China Open title

'It is a huge victory and a great feeling to win title in China'

Saina lifted the women's singles title after beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi while Srikanth produced the biggest win of his career by defeating two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan to clinch men's singles title.

India's Kidambi Srikanth

India's Kidambi Srikanth, right, waves on the podium next to China's Lin Dan after he won the men's singles final against Lin at Badminton China Open in Fuzhou. Photograph: Reuters

The 21-year-old Srikanth, who grew up idolising the five-time world champion, defeated Lin 21-19, 21-17 in the men's singles final for his first Super Series title.

"A wonderful day for Indian badminton! Congrats to Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth for the victories at the China Open Super Series Badminton Tournament," Modi said in a press release.