Saina Nehwal outpaced PV Sindhu in the High Voltage Quarterfinals of Indonesia Masters
India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal entered the semi-finals after defeating compatriot PV Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 in straight sets in the Indonesian High-No-No-Time Quarterfinals of Indonesia Masters on Friday. Now Saina will compete in the semi-finals of Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon. There was a clash between Saina and Sindhu on the occasion of Republic Day, which made this match extremely special. In this, Saina stole after a tough fight.
In the BWF ranking, 12th ranked Kashyap Nehwal and World number 3 Sindhu got a good start and the score was 4-4 in the first game. Soon Saina made an 8-5 lead by changing her game technique. Saina maintained her lead with a score of 11-9, before the first game interval. Saina was dominated by the interval in the first game and she did not give any opportunity to return to the Indus. Nehwal easily made his name from the first game 21-13. After this, in the second game, there was a tough competition between the two shuttlers.
The first point of the game was Saina Nehwal. However, Sindhu made a comeback, and after scoring the score 3-3, she made a 7-4 lead. Indus looked good in the rhythm and took 10-5 lead. But here, Saina Nehwal returned to the top with a score of 10-10.
Both the shuttlers were not ready to give up and the fight was very tasty. Nehwal made an early lead of 13-12. Saina then turned Sindhu into the whole court and soon got in the favor of 19-15. Sindhu did the fight till the end, but could not avoid the defeat.
It was a third chance when Saina and Sindhu had met in an International tournament. Earlier, both of them had clashed in the India Open quarterfinals in November 2017, which Sindhu won by 21-16, 22-20. In 2014, Saina defeated Sindhu 21-14, 21-17 in the India Grand Prix gold final.