For the first in the history of the game, two ace Indian badminton players – Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu – are going to clash in the finals of Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2018. While Sindhu defeated defending champion Michelle Li of Canada in the semi-final, Saina defeated Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour to reach the finals.
Though it’s a matter of pride and jubilation for the nation, the hitch is who are we going to cheer for? Yes, it’s a win-win game for India no matter who wins the final, but it’ll be interesting to see how their coach Pullela Gopichand is going to guide the two during the match.
What is interesting is that they both understand each other’s game to the core; they have the same coach, they practice in the same academy in Hyderabad and they both are India’s favourite badminton players and have brought laurels to the country.
Saina has won Gold in the CWG in 2010 and Bronze in 2012 CWG but her form has seen a slump in the recent times. PV Sindhu, on the other hand, got the entire country praising and talking about her after she won Silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Before that, she grabbed a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Sindhu is currently in great form and is World No. 3, while Saina current singles world ranking is 12.
Going by their previous records and achievements, the competition is going to be a close fought encounter and it’ll be interesting to see two Indian champion players fighting it out for Gold in one of the biggest sporting events of the country.
The final match will be held on Sunday at 4:30 am IST.