Saina Nehwal Defeats PV Sindhu

  • Saina Nehwal Defeats PV Sindhu

Saina Nehwal Defeats PV Sindhu

Sindhu took 9-7 lead at the start of the second game and managed to maintain the lead till after the break. The President took to Twitter to praise the two badminton players.

Saina Nehwal had beaten PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in the Senior Badminton National Championship in November 2017. Saina showed the cunning and technique which has made her such a master of the sport, as she was behind in the second game, but then she moved with such ferocity that helped her clinch the gold in 58 minutes.

Many expected Saina to come out as second best in the foray given her constant injury issues coupled with Sindhu's recent form, but defying all odds, she added another victory over her Indian counterpart in absolute style.

Though Nehwal ended up making a couple of unforced errors in the bargain, the smile on her face even after those mistakes was a clear indicator that the former world number had the measure of her opponent in terms of match strategy. She came in with a game plan that required her to not allow Sindhu to control the proceedings and perfectly executed that plan.

Sindhu however, and continued to pick up the points bolster her advantage despite excellent play by Saina.

"It was a very pressurised tournament, a lot of top competition from the Malaysians, it was a very challenging tournament", said Nehwal, who had heavy strapping on her right shin and revealed afterwards she had been playing through pain throughout the competition. Serving for the gold, Saina forced a wide stroke from Sindhu and then let out a scream to celebrate the triumph.

But it was not all smooth sailing for him today as Srikanth started off confidently.

On Sunday, she began with a flourish, went for the big smashes each time the opportunity presented itself and raced to a 11-6 lead. By the end, it literally seemed Saina was toying with Sindhu in the buildup of the turn around in the second game.

Lee's lackadaisical approach improved considerably thereafter and after leading 11-9 at the interval, he displayed some of the many stylish shots in his armoury to draw level and stay afloat in the high-intensity match, which was as much about elegance as sheer power. The longest rally of the game - 64 shots - made it game point for Sindhu, but two returns from her that went out of play made it match point for Saina. The smashes that were landing outside in the opening game became just the bit accurate and hard for the Indian to retrieve.