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Commonwealth Games 2018: Saina Nehwal grabbed gold for Indian Medal Telly

Commonwealth Games 2018: Saina Nehwal grabbed gold for Indian Medal Telly

Saina instantly threw both her hands up in the air in exultation. The Indian, however allowed the Canadian to sneak in a few points towards the end but managed to wrest back the lead and clinch the tie in 22 minutes. Those that had already anointed Pusarla Venkata Sindhu as the new Indian shuttle queen were made to eat their premature encomiums on more than one occasion, not last on Sunday, 15 April.

The strategy worked quite well for the London Olympics bronze-medallist and she raced to an 9-4 lead.

In the event, Saina came through the searching examination with flying colours. There is a victor and a loser, Saina played well, but I could have taken the second game.

"In India, if I lose, 100 things would be written about me, "oh Saina lost, Saina's becoming old, Saina should retire", she was to bare her thoughts later.

"Two of India's daughters fought it out in the #GC2018Badminton final for a Gold Medal". Saina played some exceptional drop shots which have become her expertise now.

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The brute force of Sindhu's smashes was something that Saina found hard to deal with. She attacked relentlessly and kept the rallies short while dictating the pace of the match. I needed rest. Roger Federer says he sleeps for 10-12 hours, I was not even sleeping for half-an-hour because my father was sitting outside.

But Saina was back in lead with a cross-court smash that Sindhu just could not reach. Her match with PV Sindhu was a gruelling one and witnessed some really long rallies.

With this win, Saina's overall head-to-head record against Sindhu now stands at 4-1. The nation now ranks third on the list of countries that were awarded medals in the games, with Australia being No. 1 while England on No. 2. Also, a win here at the Carrara Sports Arena means the Haryana-born shuttler was unbeaten in all of her matches in the Gold Coast.

In an exhilarating contest, Saina won 21-18 23-21. It is not much of a problem, just two-three days of recovery is required.

The last day witnessed the dominating and fearful Lee Chong Wei at his peak as he defeated Kidambi Srikanth 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 in Men's singles, coming back from behind. Thank you for reading the coverage on Commonwealth Games 2018.


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