"The phenomenal accomplishments of @NSaina make us very proud. I congratulate her on being the World Number one," he tweeted.

Saina scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the number one spot in world rankings, reaffirming her status as the country's most consistent performer in the international circuit.

The 25-year-old zoomed to the top after her closest challenger for the position, Spain's Carolina Marin, lost in the India Open Super Series semifinal here.

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