Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 to lift her national third women’s singles crown at the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championships on 8th November 2017. Saina has now played the nationals three times and lifted the trophy each time. The match that lasted just under an hour, was being billed as the clash of the two Olympic medallists, but the match had more riding on it more than the tag of national champion. Saina had won the bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Sindhu had won silver at the following London Olympics in 2012. The history between Saina and Sindhu is well documented and both were returning to the nationals after considerable period. Saina did not participate in the nationals since her back-to-back titles win in 2006 and 2007, while Sindhu also missed the Senior Nationals since winning the 2011 and 2013 editions. Sindhu had prevailed over her precursor earlier this year at the India Super Series.