2018 Commonwealth Games: Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu, wins women’s singles badminton gold

Saina Nehwal emerged victorious over PV Sindhu to win the women’s singles badminton gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday.

GOLD COAST: Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu in the all-Indian women's singles badminton summit clash at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday to win the gold medal.

The first game between the two was a hard-fought affair that lasted 22 minutes, but Saina was able to win the game 21-18.

The second game was an even longer drawn-out affair, lasting more than half an hour. Sindhu had taken a 14-10 lead at one point, but Saina rallied back and cut the deficit to 14-15.

Sindhu maintained her narrow lead and even reached game point at 20-19 but an error on her behalf saw the game stand level at 20 all. It was this mistake that cost her the match.

It was Saina's experience that saw her eventually keep her calm and seal the game - and the match - at 23-21, leaving Sindhu to settle for silver.

Saina Nehwal had beaten PV Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in the Senior Badminton National Championship in November 2017.

In fact, Saina's overall head-to-head record vs Sindhu is 3-1, including two wins in BWF events.

 

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