Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to lift National Badminton Championship title

Saina Nehwal won her fourth Senior National Badminton Championships crown as she got the better of top seed PV Sindhu in Guwahati. Saina won the match in straight games 21-18, 21-15 to lift the title. This is Saina’s fourth national title.

Saina Nehwal takes home her fourth nationals title while PV Sindhu will have to be content with second place for the second year in a row. Assam Chief Minister and former Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hands over the trophies to the athletes.

Saina looked the better player after she settled in her elements during the first game. Sindhu looked a little rusty in her moves and that did not help her cause. Earlier, PV Sindhu 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.

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.

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.

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