Hyderabad: Olympic medalists and top-grade Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are most likely to face each other in the second round of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament on Tuesday. The event will be held between January 14-19 in Indonesia.
Current World Champion PV Sindhu has not been in great touch ever since she bagged the title in August 2019. She will now look to better her record by winning the trophy in Indonesia. One of her biggest challenges is to beat Saina, the defending champion.
Saina will have to put everything that she has got on the line and give her best to defend the title as she looks to overcome her one-sided defeat – 8-21, 7-21 – against Olympic Gold medalist Carolina Marin.
Sindhu is set to face Japan’s Aaya Ohori in her opening match, while Saina will play against Sayaka Talahashi, also a Japanese.
Coming to the age-old Saina-Sindhu rivalry, the veteran Olympic Bronze medalist, Saina, has beaten Sindhu in three of the four contests between them. All the four games have ended in straight sets, with the latest clash at the 2018 Commonwealth Games final going Saina’s way.
Sindhu, however, has tasted victory against Saina in the Premier Badminton League or PBL on a few occasions. She would definitely look to improve her record against Saina.