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10:27 pm - Wednesday February 21, 2018

Saina, Prannoy new National champions

Agencies, Nagpur

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday had to sweat hard to beat her compatriot and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu in the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championships of the women’s singles event to claim the National title.

It took 52 minutes for Saina to wrap up the game against Sindhu by 21-17, 27-25. In the men’s singles match the second seed Prannoy beat top seed Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in the finals here to wrap up the game in 42 minutes to clinch the maiden title.

With this Prannoy wins his first National title, the second seed is now the new singles champion after edging out Srikanth. Saina has won the National Championship for the third time, earlier she had won the title in 2006 and 2007.

Saina took 52 minutes to wrap up the game against top seed Sindhu. However, Sindhu lost the opportunity for the third time becoming champion. It was in 2011 and 2013 she had won the title.

In women’s doubles title top seed N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa won by defeating Sanyogita Girhapde and Prajakta Sawant pair 21-14, 21-14 in 27 minutes.

While in mixed doubles title was won by second seeds Satyavik Sairaj Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, defeating Top seed Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy in a 56-minute match 21-9, 20-22, 21-17.

Satvik won the mixed doubles title with Manisha last year. In men’s doubles title, second seed Manu Attri and B Sumeet Reddy won by defeating top-seeded and defending champion Satyavik Sairaj Reddy and Chirag Shetty by an hour and six minutes to beat the opponents 15-21, 22-20, 25-23.

Anu Atri and Sumit Reddy won the title for the third time. Earlier he was also champion in 2012 and 2014.

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