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Saina Nehwal 21-18 PV Sindhu in 1st game

15 April 2018

Sunday's final will be special regardless of whether P. V. Sindhu or Saina Nehwal win the gold medal.

Saina and Sindhu had both won their respective semi-finals to set up a blockbuster all-Indian final in the women's singles category and a gold and a silver medal was already assured for India.

From the boxing ring to the shooting range to the athletics arena, it was India shining on the penultimate day of the 21st Commonwealth Games where the country claimed its biggest single-day haul of the ongoing edition, ensnaring eight gold medals across five disciplines.

Earlier this year, Saina bettered her record against Sindhu by beating her 21-17, 27-25 in the Senior Badminton National Championship.

Saina was sacked up and played with power and aggression to put Sindhu under pressure right from the start.

The CWG 2018 badminton women's singles final between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be broadcast on the Sony network.

In the first game, Saina dictated terms from the onset to clinch the game easily.

Sindhu came back strongly after the break and narrowed the gap a bit but the drift-factor affected her strokeplay way more than Saina, who also seemed the more pumped up of the two, grunting quite a bit after every point won. Sindhu, on her part, was motivated enough to cruise a comeback but Saina was simply too hot to handle, hardly allowing Sindhu an inch of space to breath.

Kidambi Srikanth takes on Lee Chong Wei in the final.

In the BWF events, Saina beat Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 in the 2018 Indonesia Masters and in the 2014 India Grand Prix Gold Saina defeated the Olympic silver medallist 21-14, 21-17.

Not yet, said Sindhu, who smashed one wide of Saina to make it 21-21 only for Saina to smash herself back to within one point of a gold medal. The two contrasting styles of the two shuttlers made for an exhilarating contest.

Saina was a game up winning 21-18 against Sindhu.

In the men's singles, World No.1 Srikanth set his final date with Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei. The World No.1 holds his nerve to close out the game 21-19.

Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, the pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra defeated fellow Indian pair of Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das to bring home Bronze in the Mixed Doubles. The Indian pair then lost 19-21, 19-21 to Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia in the bronze medal playoff. Ashwini and Satwik had a poor day in the mixed doubles.

Saina Nehwal 21-18 PV Sindhu in 1st game