Marin and Chen scoop All-England singles titles

Sun Mar 8, 2015 3:46pm EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Carolina Marin of Spain staged a remarkable comeback to land the All-England Championships crown on Sunday as Saina Nehwal blew the chance to become India's first female winner.

In the men's final, world champion Chen Long captured the title for the second time in three years as he overcame charismatic Dane Jan O Jorgensen 15-21 21-17 21-15.

It was China's eighth men's singles title in the event since 2005.

Olympic bronze medalist Nehwal threw away a 6-1 lead in the second game before world champion Marin pressed the throttle to triumph 16-21 21-14 21-7.

"It is an amazing feeling," Marin told reporters. "I was making too many easy mistakes and was really nervous at the start but I just wanted to enjoy it.

"In the second game and at 11-9 down I felt there was a change and that I could win."

Nehwal played down expectations before her final but interest was such that former Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar wished her luck on Twitter.

She was bidding to become the first All-England singles winner from India since her former coach Pullela Gopichand won the men's title 14 years ago.   Continued...

The National Indoor Arena, Birmingham - 8/3/15. Spain's Carolina Marin in action during the women's singles final . Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra