Saina Nehwal went to win the second game, claiming her second individual Commonwealth Games gold medal by defeating World No. 3 PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in a riveting women's singles final on Sunday at Gold Coast, Australia. Her younger opponent, Sindhu, had to remain content with a silver medal.
The tussle was protracted, lasting over an hour for just the two games that were necessary to decide the destination of the gold medal - coincidentally, Hyderabad, whatever the result of the encounter. Sindhu settled for silver. The team India thanked the efforts and hard work that had been put by the Athletes and the support that had been granted by the staff. Saina is the first Indian woman badminton player to win two singles gold medals in badminton in Commonwealth Games.
In an exhilarating contest, Saina won 21-18 23-21. By the second game, Saina was attacking her backhand and throwing in smash winners. So I play aggressively and so does she. She stayed on. It was a close match and it could have gone either way.
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The second highest medals tally of 69 came at 2002 in Manchester: 30 gold along with 22 silver and 17 bronze. I think the team Gold for me was the highlight of the event. These were the highlights for me.
India has a total of six events on the final day of the ongoing CWG in Gold Coast. Saina's experience of handling pressure situations in the past added to her advantage.
Women's singles silver medallist Venkata Pusarla of India celebrates on the podium. Saina had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow Sindhu to draw level at 4-4. "Also Gopi sir has been running different programs for both Sindhu and me and he's kept pushing me to do better so that has helped too". "However, it is a good game overall and I am happy I tried my best".
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Boxing Champion Vijender Singh congratulated the two ladies for the exceptional performance, and wrote on his Twitter, profile, "It was a delight watching you both play".
Right now, Kidambi Srikanth is in action against Lee Chong Wei in a battle for Gold in Men's Singles. The Malaysian took Gold despite losing the first game as he won 19-21, 21-14, 21-14. "I gave him that early lead which I should have avoided", Srikanth said. Coming back, there was no stopping the Indian who raced to a 17-13 lead before closing the game in 21 minutes. She bagged bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis competition in the company of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Catch the match soon after the mixed doubles final at 4:30 AM tomorrow.
PV Sindhu may have entered the match with a complex, that Saina has defeated her before and this may have got to her head.
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