— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) November 8, 2017
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.
Happy to win the national championships in Nagpur... and congratulations to @prannoy_hs_ for winning the men’s national championships 👍 pic.twitter.com/ho304ubIwO— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) November 8, 2017
“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.