Badminton Nationals: Saina Nehwal Bests Again, Beats PV Sindhu
It was the ultimate game of PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships where two of the country’s top women Badminton players — PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal – were up against each other, again. In a much-awaited event, Nehwal won the clash and emerged victorious against Sindhu on Saturday. It is her fourth Senior National Badminton Championships title as she got the better of top seed PV Sindhu in Guwahati. Saina won the match convincingly in straight games 21-18, 21-15 to lift the title, claiming her second successive and fourth overall (2006, 2007, 2018, 2019) Nationals title. Sindhu had won it in 2011 and 2013.
While the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nehwal takes home a major title of the year, a beaten Sindhu had to settle for a second place for the second year in a row. Both Nehwal and Sindhu overcame their respective opponents on Friday to set up a repeat of last year’s final. Even in November 2017, Saina had silenced Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in an epic hour-long battle.
Saina’s power strokes was unrivalled, even for the Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu. It was a neck-and-neck challenge for both the players but a much steady Saina defeated Sindhu with every stroke.
Earlier in 2017, in Nagpur, Nehwal played the game after a gap of almost 10 years, first being 2007. A major upset for Sindhu, but Saina played into her experience in the sport. Last time both the India’s finest and Olympic medallists clashed with each other in the India Open badminton tournament the same year where Sindhu bettered in the games ahead. Before that their first counter was at the 2014 Syed Modi International.