HS Prannoy, Saina Nehwal beat title favourites to become new National Champions
H S Prannoy beat World No 2 and title favourite Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles final at the 82nd Senior National Championship, which was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. In the women’s singles event, Saina Nahwal beat top seeded PV Sindhu.
H S Prannoy beat World No 2 and title favourite Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles final at the 82nd Senior National Championship, which was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra on 8 November 2017.
The second-seeded Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No 11 last week, got the better off top seeded Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in a 49-minute clash.
The two players have played against each other four times in their international career and Srikanth emerged as the winner on the last three occasions. The only time Prannoy beat Srikanth was way back at the 2011 Tata Open.
In the women’s singles event, World No 11 Saina Nahwal beat top seeded World No 2 PV Sindhu in straight sets of 21-17, 27-25 to win the National championship. Saina entered the women's singles final of the tournament after defeating fifth seeded Anura Prabhudesai 21-11 21 -10.
In mixed doubles, the pair of Satwik Sai Raj R and Ashwini Ponnappa beat top seeded World No 16 pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy 21-9, 20-22, 21-17 to clinch the mixed doubles title.
About Indian National Badminton Championships
The Championship is a tournament organized to crown the best badminton players in India.
The tournament was established in 1934 and until 1960s foreign players were also allowed to participate in the tournament.
In the National Championship’s 2016 edition, Sourabh Verma had won the men’s singles title after defeating Lakshya Sen 21-13, 21-12, while in the women’s category Rituparna Das had won the title by defeating Reshma Karthik 21-12, 21-14.