Senior National Badminton Championships: Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to win women's singles title
Saina Nehwal defeated her arch rival PV Sindhu to clinch her second successive and overall fourth senior national badminton title at the TRP Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday. Saina maintained her impressive record against Sindhu with an impressive 21-18, 21-15 win in the title clash.
Nehwal, who had beaten Sindhu in the last edition’s final in Nagpur and then twice more, including the Commonwealth Games summit clash, was in dominated proceedings all through the match that lasted 44-minute, failing to keep the spectators at the edge of their seats.
The title clash was a repeat of the last year’s finals where Saina got the better off her arch rival Sindhu to prevail as the national champion.
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.
Sourabh Verma emerged as the national badminton champion for third successive time after he beat teen sensation Lakshya Sen in straight games in the men's singles title clash, in the 83rd edition of the tournament on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, who had won the title in 2011 and 2017, showed great composure and tactical brilliance to outdo the 17-year-old Lakshya, an Asian junior champion, 21-18 21-13 in a lop-sided contest.
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