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Senior Badminton National Championship: Saina Nehwal Outclass PV Sindhu By 21-18, 21-15 To Win Title

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| February 17 , 2019 , 18:08 IST

Indian Badminton Queens Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu battled for the National title at the at the 83rd Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals in Guwahati on Saturday.

Saina Nehwal comfortably defeats P V Sindhu in straight games in the marquee clash of the tournament to retain her women’s singles crown.

The three-time former champion Saina used her powerful smashes to come into force, and which eventually helped her register a 21-18 21-15 win against Sindhu, a two-time winner, in the summit clash.

In a repeat of last edition’s final in Nagpur, 2012 Olympics bronze medalist Saina once again had the upper hand over Sindhu during the exciting clash which was witnessed by a capacity crowd at the TRP Indoor stadium.

Saina had also defeated 2016 Rio Games silver medallist Sindhu at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games summit clash last year.

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Earlier, Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles at the Senior Badminton Nationals and claimed the men’s singles crown by defeating young Lakshya Sen in straight games.

The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the title in 2011 and 2017, showed great composure and tactical brilliance to outplay 17-year-old Lakshya, an Asian junior champion, 21-18 21-13 in a lop-sided contest.

It was their second meeting at the Senior Nationals final, following Sourabh’s triumph over Lakshya, 15 then, in February 2017.