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Saina wins first game in gold medal match

16 April, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Three Indian shuttlers confirm medals at Commonwealth games

Elsewhere, the wrestlers continued to shine for India as Bajrang Punia bags a gold in the 65kg category, while Pooja Dhanda and Mausam Khatri manage a silver each in their respective bouts.

In the colossal badminton women's singles final, Indian superstar Saina Nehwal overpowered another Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in a highly-contested match to clinch a gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018 held in Gold Coast, Australia. 22-year old Olympic Silver medallist Sindhu settled for the Silver Medal.

Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal are all set to face their opponents in the finals while shuttler Prannoy succumbed to Lee chong Wei in the semis. A telling image of the opening game was when Sindhu was brought to her knees trying to return a smash that didn't really have any power in it but was just placed perfectly on the left corner. With this bronze, India's medal tally increases to 60.

Sindhu took two back to back points take a 6-4 lead before Saina reduced the gap with a deceptive smash that totally outfoxed her rival. Her win over Singapore great Feng Tianwei in the women's singles rubber of the gold medal tie was remarkable. The second game followed a similar tangent and despite having the more exhausted set of legs, Saina was a delight with her trademark angled smashes.

South Africans De Villiers, De Kock star for RCB
RCB bowlers bowled with a game plan and apart from Yadav (3/23), all other bowlers chipped in and restricted Punjab to 155. A ball earlier, he had pulled Yadav for a four and was expecting the same from him the next ball.

All the best to the players while we anticipate good news! I gave my best. Thank you to both my partners for holding me together through these 2 weeks. The Malaysian legend defeated HS Prannoy 21-16, 9-21, 21-14. In Brazil, she had surrendered the gold medal to Spain's Carolina Marin; at the 2017 World Championships in Glasgow, she was beaten over the extra points in the decider by Japan's Nozomi Okuhara; in the year-ending 2017 Dubai Superseries grand finals, she lost at 19-21 in the third game to another Japanese, Akane Yamaguchi. Coming back, there was no stopping the Indian who raced to a 17-13 lead before closing the game in 21 minutes.

India's only Bronze in the discipline came in women's doubles competition.

In the first match, the pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa won the mixed doubles match against Peng Soon Chan and Liu Yong Goh 21-14 15-21 21-15.



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