CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal Guides India To Mixed Team Gold In Badminton

| April 9 , 2018 , 17:17 IST

India shuttler Saina Nehwal won the penultimate match against Sonia Cheah to help India clinch the mixed team badminton Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 on Monday. They won the final against Malaysia by 3-1 at Gold Coast.

India who came into the tournament as favourites to take the Gold Medal started off the final with a positive start as the mixed doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa against Malaysia's Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh.

In the second game, Kidambi Srikanth faced Malaysian veteran, Lee Chong Wei. In the previous four matches, Srikanth had been unable to win against Chong Wei.

But he proved how far along he has come in the recent years as he didn’t drop a game and manifested a controlled performance to take his team 2-0 in the tie.

The Gold Medal could’ve been clinched by the team in the men’s doubles event but the team were outpowered by the Malaysia duo who reduced the tie deficit to 2-1.

Saina who was playing the fourth match in the tie started off strongly by dispatching her opponent in the first game. She won it by a comfortable margin of 21-11.

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However, Saina appeared to have lost the plot as she lost her advantage in the second game to lose it by 23-21.

She didn't let this affect her at all, as the former World No.1 shuttler showed her class and experience to roar back and win the third and final game by 21-9.

This is India's 11th Olympic Medal after the men's table tennis team emulated the women's team feat and won the Gold on Monday.