Two-time India Open badminton champion Saina Nehwal lost to 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu in a quarterfinal match of India’s Badminton World Federation superseries tournament at Siri Fort Sports Complex today.
PV Sindhu’s attacking game in the final point caught Saina totally by surprise. Sindhu’s down the line smash was too good to beat and the better player on court won.
Sindhu must be complimented from the her come-from-behind win in the second game. The match lasted 49 minutes and Sindhu will be very proud of the 20-16, 22-20 scoreline.
The game started with really good badminton by both the players and at one time they were head to head at 5-5. Saina took a slender lead of 7-5. Sindhu came back strongly and took lead. A combination of errors and fine placements helped Sindhu take a six-point lead which Saina was not able to cover up. Saina looked very defensive and easily let down her guard in the last two points. The first game lasted 19 minutes.
Saina fought back in the second game and took an early lead 2-1. The extended on and at one time the lead was of 3 points on 19-16. But due to some silly errors by Saina and some brilliant badminton by Sindhu it came down to 19-19. Saina took the lead 20-19. But the Sindhu came back hard and won the game 22-20.
Beating one of the top players and an olumpic medalist would be a proud moment for Sindhu.