Gold Coast: Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated compatriot P.V. Sindhu by straight games to win the women’s singles title in the badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Sunday.
Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final to bag gold, Sindhu clinched the silver medal.
— Jyothirmayi K (@urstrulyjoe) April 15, 2018
The 28-year-old Saina was fired up and played with power and aggression to put Sindhu under pressure right from the start. Sindhu on the other hand, struggled to match her compatriot although she gave a stiff fight in the second game.
Sindhu struggled with her placements during the opening game, her best shot being a well-placed one into the left corner of Saina’s side of the court at 9-12.
Saina had forced the lead right at the start of the first game and continued to increase the advantage at a steady pace.
But Sindhu was not to be so easily defeated. She drew level once again with some excellent net play before Saina toook the lead once again with a well placed smash.
Saina’s patience and fighting spirit finally paid off as an under pressure Sindhu faltered at the net to hit one wide to hand her opponent the gold.
Twitter erupted in joy soon after Saina clinches Gold and 22-year-old Sindhu bagged Silver.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) April 15, 2018
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— Kartik Dimri 🏏 (@kartikdimri27) April 15, 2018