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Commonwealth Games 2018: Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu in straight sets at women’s badminton singles final, clinches gold

Saina Nehwal

Gold Coast: World no.12 Saina Nehwal beats world no.3 PV Sindhu in straight sets to clinch gold medal in women’s singles. Saina won 21-18, 23-21.

This is Saina’s second singles gild in the Commonwealth Games.Earlier in 2010, Saina had won the gold medal in New Delhi.it is also her second gold in this edition of the Commonwealth Games, after she won the Gold in team’s event.

Sindhu, who was nursing an injury coming into the event, couldn’t complete with the energy of her opponent on the given day and had to settle for silver.

The highlight of the match were the long rallies. If the first game saw longest rally of 27 strokes, in the second game there was a mammoth rally of 64 strokes.

Saina squanders four game points to take a 1-0 lead against Sindhu. A hard-fought 21-18 win for the experienced Saina. In the early stages it was a tight affair with both going neck-to-neck. soon saina took a 11-6 lead against Sindhu at the break of the first game. Eventually, Sindhu made a comeback and saved four match points to close the gap on Saina’s lead at 20-18, before going down.

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