PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal Live Final: Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu to retain her senior national title in Guwahati. Saina beat Sindhu 21-18, 21-15 in straight sets on Saturday. The defending champion looked the better player after she settled in her elements during the first set. World number two, Sindhu looked a little rusty in her moves and that did not help her cause.

In a repeat of last edition’s title clash at Nagpur, the two stalwarts again displayed a good contest to test each other and write another chapter in their on-field rivalry. While Sindhu overcame a challenge from Assam’s promising 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha 21-10 22-20 in the first semifinal, Saina got the better of Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, 21-15 21-14 to storm into the finals.

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5:06 IST: Saina Nehwal has done it, she wins the National championships in straight sets with the scores of 21-18, 21-15. With this victory, she has maintained her momentum in 2019 to capitalise on her Indonesian masters triumph against Carolina Marin a few weeks ago.

5:03 IST:  Nehwal is serving, she leads 17-13 and now has a good lead. As we type, she wins another point, it is now 18-13

5:00IST: Sindhu serving, the game is still a close contest but Nehwal is front at 14-11.

4:56 IST:
Saina is serving and has maintained her momentum so far. She leads, 10-9.

4:54 IST: The match is tied at 7-all. Since the last nationals in Nagpur, Saina and Sindhu had faced each other twice on international stage with the former winning both. Sindhu, however, won their clash in the PBL earlier this year.

4:52 IST: Nehwal is looking confident, she wins two consecutive points to take the lead at 6-5

4:49 IST: The second set again began in Sindhu’s favour, but now it’s tied at 3-3

4:44 IST: Nehwal seals the first set at 21-18. It was a close contest but after a slow start, Nehwal made a good comeback in a neck-to-neck contest….

4:44 IST: A wrong judgment by Sindhu hands Nehwal the advantage. After closing in on just one-point gap, the game is restored at two points gap. And as we type it’s now, 17-20 in favour of Nehwal

4:41 IST: The players are now taking a refreshment break- it’s actually a gift because there some issue with the lights, it’s fluctuating the Nehwal is just now happy with it.. the game is in favour of Nehwal at 15-18

4:37 IST: The game has been a close contest from the moment go, and now it’s just three points separating them. Nehwal leads at 15-18

4:34 IST: Saina Nehwal is leading with three points… 12-16 in favour of Nehwal

4:33 IST: Saina Nehwal has now found her groove, she leads by three points, it is 11-14

4:31 IST: Saina is in the lead now, as they break for refreshment. The score is 10-11

4:29 IST: Sindhu’s height advantage is helping her with the smashes, she takes a two-point advantage. As we speak, Nehwal got one back, It’s 10-9.

4:27 IST: The game has been a neck-toneck contest so far, ut’s tied at eight-all now…

4:26 IST: Great comeback by Nehwal, the game is tied now at 5-all

4:24 IST: Saina Nehwal has found her nmomentum it seems, she gets back to back points and now, the game is tied at 4-3. As we type this Sindhu gains a point, it’s 5-3

4:22 IST: Sindhu three consecutive points, a great start by her so far

4:21 IST: It is Saina Nehwal, who will begin proceedings with the serve… 

4:18 IST: Both the players are now warming up…

4:17 IST: The summit match is the two taking on each other in a rematch of the finals of last year’s campaign. The players are in the court for the much-anticipated final. Both the players are now shaking hands with Assam CM.

4:10 IST: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal is present to grace the occasion. He hands over the winners medal to Sourabh Verma, who won the men’s single event. Earlier, Verma won the men’s singles event at the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals to win his 3️rd Nationals title after defeating teen sensation Lakshya Sen in straight games of 21-18;21-13.

4:08 IST: Nehwal is the defending champion, after winning the Indonesia masters, she will aim to continue her
momentum against Sindu.

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Brief Preview: Saina had the last laugh against Sindhu in the last two encounters at the Nagpur Nationals in 2017 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold-medal match last year.

While Saina has won the title in 2006, 2007 and 2018, Sindhu clinched the trophy twice, in 2011 and 2013.

“It will be just another match and I don’t think it will help me for All England, I will just look to focus and give my best,” Sindhu said about the final.

In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen, who is an Asian junior champion and a bronze medallist at the World Junior Championship, secured his second final with a 21-15 21-16 win over former winner and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in the second semifinal.

The 17-year-old Sen, from Uttarakhand, had lost the finals of the 81st edition against Sourabh Verma and he would look to settle the scores when he faces the 26-year-old from Dhar in the finals on Saturday.

Two-time former champion Sourabh sealed his final spot after beating Mumbai’s Kaushal Dharmamer 21-14 21-17 in 44 minutes.

Earlier in the day, former champions Saina, Kashyap and Sourabh advanced to the semifinals with contrasting wins.

and Saina Nehwal won their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion to set up a mouth-watering women’s singles summit showdown at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship here Saturday.

In a repeat of last edition’s title clash at Nagpur, the two stalwarts will look to outdo each other and write another chapter in their on-field rivalry.

While Sindhu overcame a challenge from Assam’s promising 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha 21-10 22-20 in the first semifinal, Saina got the better of Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, 21-15 21-14 to storm into the finals.

Saina had the last laugh against Sindhu in the last two encounters at the Nagpur Nationals in 2017 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold-medal match last year.

While Saina has won the title in 2006, 2007 and 2018, Sindhu clinched the trophy twice, in 2011 and 2013.

“It will be just another match and I don’t think it will help me for All England, I will just look to focus and give my best,” Sindhu said about the final.

In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen, who is an Asian junior champion and a bronze medallist at the World Junior Championship, secured his second final with a 21-15 21-16 win over former winner and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in the second semifinal.

The 17-year-old Sen, from Uttarakhand, had lost the finals of the 81st edition against Sourabh Verma and he would look to settle the scores when he faces the 26-year-old from Dhar in the finals on Saturday.

Two-time former champion Sourabh sealed his final spot after beating Mumbai’s Kaushal Dharmamer 21-14 21-17 in 44 minutes.

Earlier in the day, former champions Saina, Kashyap and Sourabh advanced to the semifinals with contrasting wins.