The stage was the Senior National Badminton Championship and the venue was Nagpur. Two players to bring the play and the championship to a contest couldn’t have been bigger as far as Indian sport is concerned. On one side a silver Olympic medallist and on the other side a bronze Olympic medallist. Two women who have possibly been the cornerstone of badminton’s rise in popularity in the country.
As the two – PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal – stepped up on the court, the contest and the see-saw battle was on from the word go. The duo played some remarkable points which enthralled the capacity crowd and the numerous dignitaries in attendance. As they shook hands at the net prior to a massive shriek by Saina, she had emerged 21-17, 27-25 victorious converting her sixth match point opportunity. Later many applauded both the ladies for a euphoric contest and Saina for winning the title.
Saina had previously won National titles in 2006 and 2007.