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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
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,
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).