Hyderabad Hotshots' Saina went on to beat Awadhe Warriors' Sindhu 21-19, 21-8 to give her team a crucial 2-0 lead at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Sindhu's recent exploits at the World Championships where she became the first Indian woman shuttler to win bronze, led to the match being billed as a big showdown between India's two top shuttlers.

"Actually the media and public hyped up our match so much. Otherwise we play each other everyday at the academy. But since this match was so talked about, I felt a bit of pressure and it became a little tight in the beginning," Saina told reporters after the match.

Saina had to toil hard after Sindhu raced into the lead in the first game but the Olympic bronze medallist came back strongly to edge the first game.

The second game turned out to be a mere formality as Saina dominated her younger opponent from start to finish.


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