Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in the finals of the National Badminton Championships in Nagpur on Wednesday. Saina Nehwal returned to the senior nationals after a decade and with this win, the Olympic bronze medailist has achieved her third nationals title. The 27-year-old Saina Nehwal, a former world number one badminton player fought PV Sindhu, the Olympic and World Championship silver medallist and currently ranking world no. 2 for a duel that lasted around 54 minutes.
“I am surprised with the way I played today. I moved well and picked Sindhu’s difficult shots and It’s a great feeling. Sindhu is world No 2 now and is playing really well. But I gave her a good fight and I am happy with the way I played,” Saina said after beating Sindhu.
Also World number 11 HS Prannoy stunned world number 2 Kidambi Srikanth in the final of the Badminton National Championship. Prannoy lead a thrilling thee-game win against Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 to win the game.
It was Srikanth, who started to lead in the final as he raced away to a 3-0 lead in the opening game. Prannoy then gained control of the game and his superb smashes helped him level the match at 7-7. Srikanth still started to dominate and lead the game until few errors from him favoured Prannoy and helped him win the game with ease.
“It is not always easy to play against someone whom you practice with all the time. Both of us know each other’s game completely. So it is very difficult to surprise the other,” Srikanth said after the match against Prannoy.