Nagpur: Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in the final of the National Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. With this win, the Olympic bronze medailist has clinched her third nationals title in as many appearances.
Saina took the first game quite comfortably, winning it 21-17. However, Sindhu, too, fought back brilliantly in the second game, but her efforts went in vain.
Earlier, Saina had taken advantage due to Sindhu’s unforced errors, and Sindhu was clearly struggling. The second game had mixed fortunes for both shuttlers, with the score reading 20-19 in favour of Saina. However, Sindhu fought back valiantly at regular intervals, and the sco re read 24-24. From then, it was Saina’s game as she finally clinched the title.
Saina 27-Sindhu 25
ITS OVER! Saina Nehwal has finally defeated PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in a hard-fought final encounter.
Sindhu 11- Saina 8
A good comeback by Sindhu, who retains her lead at the intrerval during the second game.
Saina 6-Sindhu 6
Saina has bounced back in the game, after Sindhu took an early lead.
End of Game 1: Saina 21-Sindhu 17
Saina Nehwal has taken the first game quite comfortably, with the score reading 21-17.
Saina 15- Sindhu 11
It seems like Saina will walk away with this game as she has taken a good lead in the game so far.
Saina 10- Sindhu 8
Both Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have got off to a very competitive start in the final, with the former having the upper hand so far. However, Sindhu has managed to bounce back, and is still in the hunt.
Nagpur: Two of India’s ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will face off against each other when they play for the women’s singles title in the ongoing National Badminton Championships on Wednesday.
Saina defeated Anura Prabhudesai 21-11, 21-10 in the semifinal, whereas Sindhu completed a hard-fought win over Ruthwika Shivani in her semifinal clash, as the match finished 17-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the semifinal.
Earlier, HS Prannoy had defeated fellow Hyderabadi Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in final of the men’s singles title clash.
PV Sindhu will be with full of confidence when she meets with her fellow Hyderabadi, after having recently defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final of the Korea Open, after the final score read 22-20, 11-21, 21-18.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal will look to add one more title to her belt, after having beaten Pornpawee Chochuwong in the final of the Malaysia Masters back in January this year.