Sindhu vs Saina and Srikanth vs Prannoy in Senior Nationals finals


Swetha Image Courtesy: Facebook 08 Nov, 2017

82nd Senior National Badminton Championship has reached to its finals today and the summit clash in women’s singles and men’s singles is going to be hysterical; Olympic medallists Sindhu and Saina will battle for ascendancy, while Srikanth will have face-off against his French Open semi-final opponent Prannoy. It doesn’t get much bigger than this, as this is the first time the players are playing against each other in the Senior Nationals.


The expectation of Sindhu and Saina clash was high when the duo confirmed their participation in the tournament.


Saina, who is ranked no. 11, had an easy win as she defeated fifth seed Anura Prabhudesai with 21-11, 21-10, while Sindhu, the top seeded was stretched to third game to everyone’s surprise by Ruthvika Shivani; Sindhu couldn’t save the first game over Ruthvika, later followed by two straight wins - after making her opponent to exhaust with long rallies - with 17-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the semifinals.


Second seeded Prannoy ousted Subhakar Dey with 21-14, 21-17, while top seed Srikanth saw off young emerging shuttler Lakshya Sen with 21-16, 21-18.


Semi-finals result:


Men's singles: K Srikanth beat Lakshya Sen 21-16, 21-18; HS Prannoy beat Subhankar Dey 21-14, 21-17.


Women's singles: PV Sindhu beat G Ruthvika Shivani 17-21, 21-15, 21-11; Saina Nehwal beat 5-Anura Prabhudesai 21-11, 21-10.


Men's doubles: Satwik Sai Raj-Chirag Shetty beat MR Arjun-Shlok Ramchandran 21-15, 21-13; Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy beat Alwin Francis-K Nanda Gopal 21-18, 21-18.


Women's doubles: N Sikki Reddy-Ashwini Ponnappa beat Aparna Balan-KP Sruthi 21-10, 21-14; Sanyogita Ghorpade-Prajakta Sawant beat Rutaparna Panda-UK Mithula 18-21, 21-12, 21-16.


Mixed doubles: Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy beat Alwin Francis-Aparna Balan 21-16, 22-24, 21-8; Satwik Sai Raj-Ashwini Ponnappa beat Sanyam Shukla-Sanyogita Ghorpade 4-4 (Retired).

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