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Sindhu creates history, wins National C'ship

Even before the women's singles final was played, it was clear that Indian badminton had unearthed a new star. The organisers had shifted the summit clash to prime time that is generally reserved for men's singles, on public demand.

other Updated: Jan 25, 2012 23:00 IST
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Even before the women's singles final was played, it was clear that Indian badminton had unearthed a new star. The organisers had shifted the summit clash to prime time that is generally reserved for men's singles, on public demand.

And 16-year-old PV Sindhu showed why she is considered the next big thing when she scored an emphatic 21-9, 21-14 win over second seed Neha Pandit in 29 minutes to become the first women's player in the country to hold both the junior and senior national crowns simultaneously.

Before this, only Prakash Padukone had achieved the feat, in 1971. Earlier, Sourabh Verma announced the change of guard in men's singles final when he defeated B Sai Praneeth 21-19, 21-19.

Other results: Women's doubles: Pradnya Gadre (AI)/Prajakta Sawant (PSPB) bt N Sikki Reddy (AAI)/Aparna Balan (PSPB) 21-19, 22-20. Mixed doubles: Arun Vishnu/A Balan (PSPB) bt Pranav Chopra/P Sawant (PSPB) 21-16, 17-21, 21-19. Men's doubles: Arun Vishnu/ K Tarun (PSPB) bt Rupesh Kumar/Sanave Thomas (PSPB) 21-16, 16-21, 21-18.