PV Sindhu beat Saina Nehwal for the first time in an international match at the India Open superseries. The Rio Olympics silver medallist said she was not in awe of Saina Nehwal on Friday
PV Sindhu (right) shakes hands with Saina Nehwal after winning the women’s singles India Open superseries quarterfinal match at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on Friday.(AFP)
PV Sindhu said Friday’s blockbuster India Open superseries contest against former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal was “just another match.” (HIGHLIGHTS)
The Rio Olympics silver medallist, who beat Saina Nehwal 21-16, 22-20 in a quarterfinal match of the Indian Open superseries badminton championship at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, said she was not desperate to win against her fancied rival.
“She (Saina) is not special that I have to win against her. She is like another player whom I have to play.It’s not that I have to win against her whenever I play. But I try to give my best against each player and gave my best against her too.”
Saina Nehwal did not attend the post-match conference.
PV Sindhu said she was not daunted by the lofty credentials of Saina Nehwal, once trained by her coach Pullela Gopichand. Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist in the London Olympics, is a two-time India Open champion.
After scoring a come-from-behind win in the second game — Saina blew a four-point lead — of a match marred by unforced errors, Sindhu said: “No nerves at all. I had belief in myself I will win. I wasn’t thinking of third game but was fighting to earn each point. That was important.”
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