National Championships: Saina Nehwal refuses to play on 'poor playing surface', BAI to get courts fixed for evening session
Controversy erupted at the Senior National Badminton Championships with Saina Nehwal refusing to play, citing a "poor playing surface" at the venue.
Senior National Badminton Championships: PV Sindhu begins campaign with easy win over Malvika Bansod
PV Sindhu opened her campaign in the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Nagpur's Malvika Bansod to enter the women's singles quarterfinals.
Saina and Sindhu clashed twice in the international circuit so far with both winning once. At the 2014 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, Saina defeated Sindhu, who returned the favour at the India Open Superseries last year.
The 25-year-old Kidambi Srikanth had pulled out of the China Open after his doctor advised him a week's rest following a muscle strain.
While Saina made short work of USA's Beiwen Zhang, second seed Sindhu had to dig deep to get the better of Sayaka Sato of Japan.
Srikanth, currently the second ranked men's singles player, decided to take a week's rest after aggravating a leg injury during the Senior National Badminton Championships in Nagpur.
Highlights National Badminton Championships FINAL, results: Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy crowned champions
Catch the live score and updates of the final day at the Senior National Badminton Championships, including Saina-Sindhu showdown and Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy summit clash
World Badminton Championships 2017: Rituparna Das' chance to gain much-needed exposure and recognition
For Rituparna Das, the India No 2, it will not be easy to come out of the shadow of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, two of the most celebrated women shuttlers in India.
Shuttler Sourabh Verma says it was his perfect execution of plans which helped him clinch his second national title but also needs to work harder at All England Championship