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Saina Nehwal is pure gold

16 April 2018
Saina Nehwal is pure gold

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.

On Sunday, Saina beat, Sindhu in two straight sets 21-18, 23-21.

Batra went on to add three more medals to her tally - women's doubles silver, women's singles gold and mixed doubles bronze. This was her 2nd gold medal after the one she won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Earlier in the day, shooter Anish Bhanwala has bagged the gold medal in 25 metre Rapid Fire Pistol.

Here's a round-up of all the action on the final day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

. Indian shuttles had won four medals in the last two editions at Glasgow and Delhi.

Post this win, the 28-year-old and former World No. 1, Saina, consolidated her overall head-to-head record against Sindhu to 4-1.

The brute force of Sindhu's smashes was something that Saina found hard to deal with. But then Saina grew into the game and hit back-to-back points to gain a 9-4 advantage over unyielding Sindhu. She maintained the three-point lead till 15-11. Saina had also remained unbeaten throughout in the tournament. The two shuttlers are trading points early in the first game.

Playing her 11th match in the last 11 days, Saina showed no signs of fatigue. "She is tall, she has longer legs and covers the court better than me, I have to run here and there", second seed Saina said to the media. It was a good week for me. "How could I sleep?" she said. This year's total of 66 medals is the third highest haul for India in the history of CWG.

It looked like, for most part, Sindhu will clinch the second game to take the match in the decider.

Leading the congratulatory messages for Saina and Sindhu was cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, who expressed pride in seeing two Indian girls fight for gold in Gold Coast, besides praising the duo for setting a ideal example for budding players.

"Had I known I would have booked a hotel for him".

Similar was the story of Satwik and Chirag, who lost to Ellis and Langridge."We are very disappointed".