When Olympian Marin’s mother met Saina, Sindhu

Toni Marin stood in the fan zone outside the venue, waiting to catch a glimpse of the Indian superstars in Glasgow.

Over the years, Carolina Marin (right) have had some memorable on-court duels with both Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu (left).   -  PTI

Being hounded by eager selfie seekers is something that top level sportspersons are used to but Saina Nehwal’s father and P.V. Sindhu’s mother had a surprise ‘fan’ waiting for them outside the World Badminton Championship venue in Glasgow on Sunday.

The middle-aged lady named Toni Marin was no ordinary fan. She is the mother of current Olympic champion Carolina Marin. Not many knew her as Marin, patiently stood in the dedicated fan zone outside the venue along with other Indian fans, who wanted to have a glimpse of the Indian superstars. Clad in a brown jumper and stole, she was seen taking selfies with Sindhu and Saina, and later with Saina’s father Harvir Nehwal and Sindhu’s mother P Vijayalakshmi.

Over the years, Marin have had some memorable on-court duels with both Saina and Sindhu. During the 2015 World Championship final, Marin beat Saina in the final and last year at Rio Olympics, she went past Sindhu to win the coveted yellow metal. Sindhu had defeated Marin at the Siri Fort Stadium en route her India Open Super Series title in April, earlier this year.