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Premier Badminton League: Saina Nehwal Guides Awadhe Warriors To Victory Over North Eastern Team

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| December 31 , 2017 , 17:52 IST

The celebrated Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal made a note-worthy comeback during a third Premier Badminton League match against North Eastern Warriors by guiding Awadhe Warriors to a remarkable 4-3 victory on Saturday.

The Lucknow-based team started in the league by beating the defending champion Chennai Smashers by 4-3 in the league's opening match at Guwahati. Saina Nehwal's team further won the first three matches including their Trump match in the five-match series to take an invincible 4-0 lead.

Saina, who also won her gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games at the Siri Fort Sports Complex marked the victory over the reigning Commonwealth Games champion Li with a 6-15, 15-13, 15-13. Hong Kong's Tang Chun Man and Denmark's Christinna Pedersen earlier earned a victory for Awadhe against North Eastern's Kim Gi Jung and Prajakta Sawant with 15-14, 15-13.

After the match, Saina said, "I couldn't play the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. I didn't have much match practice but I am happy to win. She played well. I couldn't react as I am still sluggish. I need time to get full fitness."

She added, "I was moving well in second and third. I was not playing too well but I didn't want to give up."

Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap came out strongly against Ajay Jayaram in the men's singles by notching up a 15-9, 15-12 win followed by Kidambi Srikanth's shocking 15-10, 9-15, 6-15 loss to Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei in the second men's singles as North Eastern team earned their first points in the championship.