National Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal thanks Gopichand post win vs PV Sindhu

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Published Nov 9, 2017, 1:14 pm IST
Updated Nov 9, 2017, 1:14 pm IST
Saina Nehwal prevailed over PV Sindhu to clinch her 3rd National Badminton Championships in Nagpur.
“I would like to thank Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and the team for working on my movement and helping me improve my game. They have played quite an important role in this win,” said Saina Nehwal following her National Badminton Championships triumph. (Photo: Twitter / Saina Nehwal)
 “I would like to thank Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and the team for working on my movement and helping me improve my game. They have played quite an important role in this win,” said Saina Nehwal following her National Badminton Championships triumph. (Photo: Twitter / Saina Nehwal)

Nagpur: In what was a battle between two of India’s best shuttlers, Saina Nehwal prevailed over PV Sindhu to clinch her third National Badminton Championships title here on Wednesday.

Saina, London Olympic bronze medallist and former world number 1 shuttler, defeated the current world number 2 by 21-17, 27-25 in an engrossing 54-minute encounter. Saina, who is taking strong strides after recovering from injury, credited coach Pullela Gopichand and his team after her success.

“I think it was a very difficult game for me. Sindhu is world number 2 at the moment. I was expecting this to be very tough for me. I was able to move well today, and I was able to pick up her shots. I am really happy today. My movements were very good, and I was not thinking too much about the score. I haven't moved like this in a very long time," said Saina during an interview after the match.

“I would like to thank Gopi sir and the team for working on my movement and helping me improve my game. They have played quite an important role in this win,” added Saina.

“My fighting spirit was quite good, and even I am surprised by how I played today. I think I played a 100 percent today. Every tournament is a new tournament. I have won the first nationals after almost 10 times,” concluded Saina.

Location: India, Maharashtra, Nagpur




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