Nov 2, 2008

Saina Nehwal wins World Junior Championship.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday became the first Indian to became the World Junior badminton Championship with a straight-game win over Japanese rival Sayaka Sato in the final.

Top seed Saina got the better of her ninth seeded Japanese rival Sayaka Sato 21-9 21-18 in a lopsided match that lasted just 25 minutes.

"It is a great feeling to win it this time. The last time in 2006, I had lost in the finals but I am happy that I clinched the title this time," Saina, who reached the quarterfinals of the Beijing Olympics, said after the match.

With the Commonwealth Youth gold and the World Junior badminton title in her kitty, the world number 11 has now set her eyes on China and Hong Kong Open later this month.

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