Saina beats Sindhu to claim second CWG gold
GOLD COAST: Saina Nehwal deservingly claimed the women’s singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 where she outwitted PV Sindhu in an all-India final on the final day of the tournament. With the feat, Saina becomes the only shuttler to have won two singles gold at CWG.
In a highly intense final that lasted an hour, Saina emerged as the better player of the two as she used her experience to win the gold-medal match 21-18, 23-21 in one hour. The thrilling final began on an equal note with both the shuttlers not letting the other take a lead of more than a point. While Saina found hard to deal with Sindhu’s smashes, Sindhu was having difficulty with Saina’s strokes placement.
However, the London Olympics bronze-medallist’s sharp instincts helped her take 9-4 lead in an exhilarating contest. Even though Sindhu returned after mid-game interval to make a comeback, she only managed to bridge the gap a little but her effort was not enough to down the 28-year old, who claimed the first game in 23 minutes.