New Delhi: Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 to win the Senior National Badminton Championships crown in Nagpur on Wednesday. This is the third time that Saina has lifted the title. With the win, she also edged ahead by 2-1 in her head-to-head record against Sindhu.
It is interesting that going into this final, both players were tied at two titles each at the tournament but with a victory now, Saina made sure that she went past Sindhu in this aspect too.
Saina went into the match as an underdog keeping in mind Sindhu’s superior form over the last few months but did well to turn around the predictions. She last won the tournament in 2007 which came a year after her first win in 2006. Sindhu had earlier won the title in 2011 and 2013.
Earlier on Wednesday there was the men’s singles final too and like the women’s summit clash, there was an upset as world No. 11 HS Prannoy produced a spirited performance to sweep aside world No. 2 Kidambi Srikanth.
After comfortably winning the first game, second-seed Prannoy went down in the second before he rebounded strongly to register a 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 win over top-seed and his countryman Srikanth in an exhilarating all-India summit showdown that lasted for 49 minutes. (With ANI inputs)