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Sindhu to play Saina in final

Ashmita Chaliha in action during her semifinal match of the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships against PV Sindhu in Guwahati, on Friday. – UB
 GUWAHATI, Feb 15 - A mouth-watering clash is on the cards in the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships as PV Sindhu will face Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles final tomorrow.

In the first semifinal of the championship, local girl Ashmita Chaliha put up a spirited show before going down to Olympic medallist PV Sindhu. Ashmita went down fighting 21-10, 22-20 in the first semifinal of the event. After losing the first game, Ashmita tried to make a comeback with a determined show in front of the capacity home crowd. At one stage, she was leading 17-13 but the experienced Sindhu kept her cool and clinched the game and the match convincingly.

In the second semifinal, defending champion Saina Nehwal outclassed Vaishnavi Bhale 21-15, 21-14 to reach the final.

In the first men’s singles semifinal, Sourav Verma defeated Kaushal Dharmamer 21-14, 21-17 to enter the final while Lakshya Sen downed Parupalli Kashyap 21-15, 21-16 in the second semifinal.

Earlier, in the quarterfinals defending champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India No. 1 Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarterfinal contest.

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