Video: Watch Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu play an epic rally to beat Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei
In tune with India’s rising stature in world badminton, the country’s two golden girls, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal outlasted the legendary duo of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei in a fabulous five-point exhibition match that was played at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai on Saturday. The four superstars played the match as a part of the India leg programme of ‘The Legends Vision World Tour’.
Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei were accompanied by Taufik Hidayat, Peter Gade and Lee Yong Dae at this event, which is supported by the sports equipment manufacturing giant, Yonex. This unique initiative, that was first launched two years ago, aims to spread the sport across the globe.
This year, the first leg was held in Japan in September following which the legends arrived in India on Saturday. The final leg will be held next month in Paris.
Quite a few exhibition matches were organized throughout the evening that had all of the top Indian stars, including Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, Saina, and Sindhu participating. Even former All England champions, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand attended it.
In one such match, the country’s top two girls exuded women power with authority as they outshone the legends. Needless to say, the vociferous chants at the NSCI Dome reached ear-splitting decibel levels as the crowd witnessed a moment of a lifetime.
It is rare to see Saina and Sindhu on the same side of the court. Similarly, Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei too have forever been known as two great rivals, who have given the sports world some absolutely unforgettable moments.
This was thus a very special occasion and the four orchestrated an enthralling rally to mark it.
Former World No. 1 Nehwal was involved in most of the exchanges with the Rio Olympic silver medallist, Sindhu giving her able support whenever she required it. The rally ended with Super Dan unable to return a Saina smash, conceding the match to the ladies.
The ecstatic Nehwal raised her hands in the air to celebrate and then fistpumped with her younger compatriot, Sindhu much to the delight of Indian badminton aficionados, who kept roaring in the arena.