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NO SAINA v SINDHU: Saina to miss tonight's clash against Chennai Smashers in PBL

AWADHE WARRIORS have qualified for the semi-finals, thanks to their star line-up including the likes of Saina Nehwal. The former World No. 1 lost the first match she played, against Carolina Marin but bounced back to win the following three matches.

While tonight, all Indian badminton fans were looking forward to the clash between the titans, Saina and PV Sindhu, the former has stated that she will rest herself for the tie.

Talking to espn, she said,

"I will possibly rest myself for the match against Chennai (Smashers). I'm playing the Malaysia Open next week so I need to tend to my knee and also train for a couple of days. The semi-finals and hopefully the finals in New Delhi will be big matches so I'll save up for that."

She did give hints of the same after her match against Cheung, when asked about this mouth watering encounter.

She further added,

"My match against Sindhu does not really matter. The result will not change anything as far our team's position is concerned, right now I'm just looking forward to the semifinals," she said. Coming off an injury-ridden year, which saw her exit in the group stage of the Rio Olympics and undergo a knee surgery around the same time that the nation was soaked in celebration of Sindhu's historic silver, Saina concedes she's yet to touch her peak fitness."

"My fitness is improving with every match but it's not at its best yet. It also takes a little time to adjust to the 11-point format. I just had two weeks after the Macau Open so my knee didn't get adequate time to rest or recover."

This could have been another thriller match but the fans will have to take this news with a positive attitude. Don't lose hopes yet, what if they meet in the finals!

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