Saina Nehwal clinches Bronze for India


London: Saina Nehwal scripted her name in golden letters in  India's sporting history winning the country's maiden medal from badminton and becoming the second Indian woman to stand on the podium after China's Xin Wang retired hurt from the bronze medal play-off in the women's singles event at the London Games here Saturday.

With her bronze medal in Badminton, Saina Nehwal is now only the second woman from India to win a medal in a individual event at the Olympics. Sania's opponent was the world number 2 Wang Xin, who retired hurt when the score was 18-21, 0-1. After the match, Saina said, "I have never won a match like this before. It was my dream to see the flag go up."

Luck smiled on Saina Nehwal who had lost the first game 18-21 and was trailing 0-1 in the second when the Chinese pulled out with a right knee injury, ensuring the third medal for India from the 2012 Games after a silver and bronze from shooters Vijay Kumar and Gagan Narang respectively.