PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal Badminton Highlights: In the blockbuster clash Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 on Wednesday in the National Championships. This is the third time Nehwal has won this tournament. Sindhu who is the top seed and is ranked currently World number 2 in the world had a tough semi-final match against Ruthvika Shivani before taking the game away from the latter 17-21, 21-5, 21-11. However, Saina Nehwal who is ranked 11th in the world ranking hardly broke a sweat as she defeated fifth seed Anura Prabhudesai 21-11, 21-10. Interestingly, both the shuttlers have met each other twice at the world stage and are currently locked at 1-1. Their most recent showdown took place at the Indian Superseries quarter-finals in March this year where Sindhu emerged as the winner with 21-16, 22-20.
Here are PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal from Senior Badminton National Championship Final:
7:36 pm: The Nagpur crowd is cheering both the shuttlers. An ecstatic atmosphere in the arena.
7:35 pm: Sindhu makes it even. Can she make it even and end the second set with a win? Score: 24-24.
7:34 pm: Will the match ever end? Score level 23-23.
7:33 pm: Another great rally between Nehwal and Sindhu, and the former takes a lead. She celebrates the point with a loud roar. Score: 23-22.
7:31 pm: Saina again with the match point, and a thundering smash by Sindhu. Both players have refused to give up. Score tied at 22-22.
7:30 pm: Advantage for Sidhu but Nehwal makes it even again.
7:29 pm: What a rally it was, it is a deuce.
7:28 pm: Match point for Saina Nehwal. Can she win?
7:27 pm: This is turning out to be one heck of a match. Score 19-18 for Sindhu.
7:25 pm: Saina is giving a tough fight to Sindhu. She refuses to give up so easy, Score moves 18-17 for Sindhu.
7:23 pm: The way Sindhu is playing, game is sure to go for the third set which will be a decider.
7:21 pm: Nothing can be better than this. Both players giving their all to take away the title. Score 15-12 for Sindhu.
7:15 pm: Although Sindhu is still leading the game, she looks more tentative in her movements whereas Nehwal is relaxed and composed. Score 9-8 for Sindhu.
7:14 pm: But Nehwal is not going down so easy. After a slow start to the second set, she eye for a comeback. Score 6-6.
7:11 pm: Sindhu looks strong in the second set, Score 6-4.
7:08 pm: It seems like a good old story. Sindhu loses her first set and starts controlling the game in the second half. Score: 3-2 for Sindhu.
7:05 pm: Nehwal looks relaxed as the game is in her control. Score 21-17. Nehwal wins the first set.
7:04 pm: Too many unforced errors by Sindhu. This might just cost her the match. Score 19-17.
7:02 pm: Sindhu starts her fight back. No big shots have come from Sindhu so far. But who cares her placement shots are working well. Score: 17-16 for Nehwal.
7:00 pm: A thundering smash by Nehwal. She looks much more confident with her movement and strokes. Credit goes to Gopichand. Socre: 16-12.
6:57 pm: This is badminton of the highest quality. Superb placement by Sindhu. Score: 14-11.
6:52 pm: Nehwal has started dominating the game but do not forget PV Sindhu has always aced in the second set.
6:50 pm: After both players trading points. Nehwal extends the lead. Score 8-7 for Nehwal.
The crowd is ecstatic as both of India’s iconic women’s players are up against each other. Saina is leading 8-6 against Sindhu in the first game. #SNBC2017
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 2017
6:49 pm: Scores are still level at 6-6.
6:48 pm: Nice drop by PV Sindhu, it is a clever play by world number 2. Nehwal had no answer to the tactical play.
6:46 pm: It is an evenly matched game so far with both the players ticking points on the scoreboard. Score- 4-3 for Saina Nehwal.
6:43 pm: Saina Nehwal begins with the serve but loses the point.
6:41 pm: Both the players have entered the arena.
6:24 pm: The blockbuster clash is to start soon.
The blockbuster final of the evening is upon us. Nagpur is waiting, we are waiting. It’s time for Saina Nehwal versus PV Sindhu. Bring it on! #SNBC2017
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) November 8, 2017
5:21 pm: Meanwhile in Men’s Single, Prannoy HS defeated Srikanth Kidambi’s 13-match winning streak 21-15, 16-21, 21-7.
5:27 pm: Here is how both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal stand in the world rankings.
5:19 pm: Both the players are currently locked at 1-1 in the head-to-head clash and will eye to break this deadlock.
4:37 pm: The theme song of the tournament is called De-shuttle.
4:30 pm: Hello and welcome to this exciting final between two stars of Indian badminton, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. The match will is a National Championships final and will take place in Nagpur.