CWG 2018, Final day: Saina Nehwal defeats PV Sindhu to claim gold

Sindhu Saina

P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal | AP

Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the final day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 being held at the Gold Coast.

With the loss, Sindhu also secured a Silver to add to India's record medal haul in Badminton. Both players are exhausted. ". the rallies were going long, she was picking up all the shots well".

The second game, however, was a contrary one. It took her 56 minutes to dispose of Sindhu. It's 13-9 in favor of Sindhu. She also finished on the top of the podium at 2010 Games. She started with a 5-0 lead early in the first game before Gilmour opened her account to trail 8-11 midway. While Saina had some trouble dealing with the brute force of Sindhu's smashes, the latter found it tough to adjust to the delicate placement of her senior's strokes.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist has kept Sindhu on the backfoot throughout the game. She stayed on. It was a close match and it could have gone either way.

The strategy worked quite well for the London Olympics bronze-medallist and she raced to a 9-4 lead. The veteran shuttler has strated aggressively is dictating the pace of the match. The contrasting styles of the two shuttlers made for an exhilarating contest. Carrara Sports Arena is packed to the rafters. Indian shuttles had won four medals in the last two editions at Glasgow and Delhi.

With this Gold, Saina has become the first Indian player to win Singles Gold twice at the Commonwealth Games.

In the mixed team event, India claimed its maiden CWG gold after thrashing three-time defending Champions Malaysia 3-1 in the final. While all the gold medal matches are slated for Sunday, India picked up their first medal when Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy beat locals Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville 21-19, 21-19 for a bronze in women's doubles. Sindhu apparently had to settle for Silver.

A comfortable 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 win.

Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated compatriot P V Sindhu by straight games to win the women's singles title in the badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia on Sunday. Here's our preview of the match. Earlier in the day, shooter Anish Bhanwala has bagged the gold medal in 25 metre Rapid Fire Pistol.

Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das face Manika Batra and Sathiyan G in th mixed doubles bronze medal match.

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