Saina Nehwal Helps an Injured Carolina Marin, Sachin Tendulkar Shares Inspiring Picture to Congratulate Indian Shuttler on Indonesia Masters 2019 Title!
Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin | Sachin Tendulkar (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Saina Nehwal became the first Indian female badminton player to win the Indonesia Masters title on Sunday. However, the 28-year-old Indian ace was not happy with the manner of victory as her opponent in the finals, Carolina Marin limped out of the contest due to a knee injury. The Indonesia Masters 2019 champion shared pictures from the finals with a message to make a quick recovery. Seeing such a sportsmanship act, former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar shared a photo of Saina Nehwal helping an injured Carolina Marin on his Twitter handle as well to congratulate Saina and wished Carolina to get well soon. Saina Nehwal Wins Indonesia Masters 2019 After Injured Carolina Marin Limps Out of Final, Watch Video Highlights.

Three-time world champion Carolina Marin was the favourite to win against Saina when the duo locked horns in the 2019 edition of BWF Super 500 final. She had defeated second seed PV Sindhu of India convincingly 21-11, 21-12 in the quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded Carolina continued with her red-hot form to race 8-2 ahead in the first game. Eighth-seeded Saina had no answers to Carolina’s pace and power. But just when everything seemed going the Rio Olympics gold medallist’s way, she sustained a freak injury.

While attempting a smash, Carolina Marin made a bizarre landing. The excruciating pain left the Spanish shuttler in massive pain. Despite showing much spirit to continue with the game, she decided to pull out of the competition while leading 10-4 in the opening game. The withdrawal landed Saina the Indonesia Masters 2019 title, first BWF title in two years.

At the end of the match, Saina said during an on-court interview, "Not good at all. She is very tough competitor for all the players. She started off very well. It was, I think, unfortunate [to see her retiring hurt with the injury]."

Nehwal also took to Twitter to express her concern for the fellow player. She shared a few images from the game wherein she helped Carolina stand on her feet. Saina writes, “Not the way I wanted it in the finals of #indonesiamasterssuper500 ... injuries are worst for players and it was very unfortunate to see @CarolinaMarin the best player in women’s badminton to face it today in the match .. I wish u a very speedy recovery 🙏 come back soon 👍.”

The ‘God of Cricket’ too could not help sharing the picture of champion shuttlers displaying a great example of sportsmanship. Sachin writes, “Wonderful to see @NSaina play incredibly well to reach the finals of the #IndonesiaMasters2019 and go on to become the first Indian woman shuttler to win it. Saina has had her fair share of injuries and has come out fighting fit, I’m sure @CarolinaMarin will bounce back too.”

Saina Nehwal has also faced a fair share of injuries in her career. She had suffered a shin injury late last year. She mentioned about it in her interview. "I just came out of injury. I played this events to see how good is this. and I'm happy I could play the semifinals at Malaysia and final here. Looking forward to get back to shape and play next tournament," she said.

"I have been getting injured in the last few years. I always try to come back stronger, there is no secret. I want to thank physios and coaches who are supporting me a lot." We look forward to seeing more successes coming Saina’s way. We also wish Carolina Marin a speedy recovery.