CWG: Saina beats Sindhu to gold; Srikanth takes silver

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

Sindhu started with a slender 11-10 lead midway into her first game, before extending the score to 19-15. The 28-year-old defeated her fellow compatriot in straight games (21-18, 23-21) to take home her second Commonwealth Gold, having won one in the 2010 CWG in Delhi.

India's most celebrated shuttler Saina Nehwal wrote history today by winning the 62 shots thrilling rally against Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu in the finale of women's singles badminton event at Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast in Australia on Sunday.

For Sindhu, this was the second CWG singles medal of her career, the first being bronze at Glasgow 2014.

Their match will be followed by Kidambi Srikanth taking on Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final. She has won a lot of points from the front court in the game. Srikanth was virtually reduced to a spectator as Lee piled on the points.

Women's singles silver medallist Venkata Pusarla of India celebrates on the podium. "People have written that I put my dad first but it's not the case otherwise I wouldn't have won medals for my country", Saina said. I gave my best.

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A decade older than the Indian, Lee kept his best for the last, showing off the legendary reflexes that have earned him cult status in worldwide badminton, in the deciding third game."I started well but I made too many mistakes in my defence. It was a good one overall; there were long rallies and both of us were aggressive". You all should be proud because Indian is in 3 number in Medal Telly.

"Happy with my performance today but could've done better in 3rd set".

Chirag Shetty and Swastiksairaj Rankireddy bowed out to England's Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge losing 13-21, 16-21 in the Men's Doubles. This year's total of 66 medals is the third highest haul for India in the history of CWG. She bagged bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis competition in the company of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

As far it is concerned, three medals are confirmed in the badmionton event. Catch the match soon after the mixed doubles final at 4:30 AM tomorrow. Sindhu looked hampered and was unable to find her range, which the vastly experienced Saina exploits ruthlessly.

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