In a spectacular turn of events, the women's singles final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an all-India affair, which is a first in a major global event. She was the pillar of India's gold-winning campaign in the team championship earlier, playing every one of the singles matches due to Sindhu's injury. With both Saina and Sindhu putting their all to get their hands on the yellow metal, the match was extremely exiting with Saina taking the match 21-18, 23-21.
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Saina was sacked up and played with power and aggression to put Sindhu under pressure right from the start.
The second game witnessed a complete domination from the Rio Olympics silver medallist, breezing away with a 11-4 lead at the break before stretching her lead to 18-8 and eventually closing the contest in mere 14 minutes. She maintained the three-point lead till 15-11.
Ashwini, however, failed to grab a bronze medal in the mixed doubles partnering Satwik, even as H S Prannoy suffered defeat in the men's singles bronze-medal playoff.
Newly-crowned world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth has begun his Gold hunt against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei. Saina had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow Sindhu to draw level at 4-4. By the end, it literally seemed Saina was toying with Sindhu in the buildup of the turn around in the second game. Saina claimed the opening game 21-18 in 23 minutes. The turning point of the game came when Saina won the really long and thrilling rally against Sindhu while trailing two points behind 17-19. While Saina had some trouble dealing with the brute force of Sindhu's smashes, the latter found it tough to adjust to the delicate placement of her senior's strokes.
What time is the CWG 2018 badminton singles final between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal? But Saina was back in lead with a cross-court smash that Sindhu just could not reach.
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