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CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu To Win Gold In Women's Singles

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| April 15 , 2018 , 12:05 IST

The much-awaited match for Gold between compatriots Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu has ended with the former beating her opponent in the Badminton Women Singles at the 21st Commonwealth Games taking place at Gold Coast in Australia.

Displaying a brilliant power performance, Saina walked away by winning the dramatic two-game match 21-18, 23-21 against Sindhu. Along with the victory, Nehwal has also become the first Indian badminton player to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals.

Both the finalists have reached the match after beating some rather tough opponents. While Saina walked over the 2014 silver medallist Kristy Gilmour of Scotland in semi-finals, Sindhu had to get through defending CWG champion Canada's Michelle Li.

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Saina won the first match rather comfortably against Sindhu but had to put in major efforts to keep the game in her favour. The aggressive shuttler made a great effort into channelling her thirst for victory into her game and attacking her opponent fiercely.

Going into the mid-break, Nehwal has already established 11-6 lead but the opponent followed soon with a remarkable comeback but Saina won the first game 21-18 nonetheless. The second game, however, witnessed Sindhu making an applaudable comeback.

Earlier this year, Saina had defeated Sindhu 21-17, 27-25 in the Senior Badminton National Championship. Meanwhile, newly-crowned world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth had to settle for a silver medal in the men's singles after being beaten by Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei.