In a mouth-watering all India final in Women’s Singles in the 21st Commonwealth Games, Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu in an emphatic style to clinch gold. 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.
That being said, she has now become the first Indian to win two singles golds at the Commonwealth Games. Also, a win here at the Carrara Sports Arena means the Haryana-born shuttler was unbeaten in all of her matches in the Gold Coast.
Saina, who missed the 2014 Commonwealth Games, seemed like a raging fire since the beginning. By the first break, the Olympic bronze medalist was leading the tie 11-6. Sindhu, on her part, was motivated enough to cruise a comeback but Saina was simply too hot to handle, hardly allowing Sindhu an inch of space to breath.
Many expected Saina to come out as second best in the foray given her constant injury issues coupled with Sindhu’s recent form, but defying all odds, she added another victory over her Indian counterpart in absolute style. Saina, who was playing her 11th match in 11 days, had a superior head to head record against Sindhu. She had won two of their three career meetings and had also defeated Sindhu in the final of the national championships last year.
Saina would have won the first game much earlier as leading the tie 20-14, but Sindhu somehow managed to pull four points back before Saina clinched the game in 22 minutes.
The second game, however, was a contrary one. By the break, it was Sindhu who lead the game 11-8. Saina soon covered ground and started an aggressive run of play, forcing Sindhu to shift her game to defensive. By the end, it literally seemed Saina was toying with Sindhu in the buildup of the turn around in the second game.
Sindhu, who hadn’t lost a single game in her run to the final, looked utterly exhausted made more errors than usual.
Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, the pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra defeated fellow Indian pair of Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das to bring home Bronze in the Mixed Doubles.
Right now, Kidambi Srikanth is in action against Lee Chong Wei in a battle for Gold in Men’s Singles.