Saina Nehwal reached the summit after Ratchanok Intanon defeated Carolina Marin in the first semifinal of the India Open Super Series. (Getty Images)
NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal on Saturday etched her name in the history books when she became the first Indian female shuttler to reach the world No.1 ranking.
Saina reached the summit after Ratchanok Intanon defeated All England Badminton champion Carolina Marin in the first semifinal of the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Olympic bronze medallist is in the hunt for her maiden India Open crown as she reached her maiden semifinal at the event on Friday by beating Indonesia's Hana Ramadhini 21-15, 21-12 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to reach the summit of the world rankings.
Saina Nehwal creates history, becomes world No. 1 - The Times of India