Indian badminton star, Saina Nehwal defeated her opponent and Olympian, PV Sindhu by straight games to clinch the women’s singles title in the badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games today.
In a high-octane clash between the two Indian sports stars, Saina took charge of the game in the last lap, sealing a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the first-ever all-Indian finals on the last day of the Games at Goal Coast.
In the first game, Saina maintained a steady lead at 18-14. However, Sindhu bounced back with three back-to-back points to take her score to 18. Saina then comfortably stole the game 21-18.
The second game saw a neck-to-neck competition between the two opponents, with thrilling rallies, taking the game to 20 all. However, Saina’s smash sealed her two-set victory and the title.
With Saina clinching Gold, 22-year-old Sindhu bagged the Silver; thus, taking India’s total in these Commonwealth Games to 62, including 26 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze medals.