India’s top badminton stars set up the much-anticipated women’s singles summit clash at the Commonwealth Games in which Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 to win the gold, while her 22-year-old opponent took home the silver on Sunday.
The first game between the two was a hard-fought affair that lasted 22 minutes, but Saina was able to win the game 21-18.
The second game was an even longer drawn-out affair, lasting more than half an hour. Sindhu had taken a 14-10 lead at one point, but Saina rallied back and cut the deficit to 14-15.
Sindhu maintained her narrow lead and even reached game point at 20-19 but an error on her part saw the game stand level at 20 all. It was this mistake that cost her the match.
It was Saina’s experience that saw her eventually keep her calm and seal the game – and the match – at 23-21, leaving Sindhu to settle for silver.
In fact, Saina’s overall head-to-head record vs Sindhu is 3-1, including two wins in BWF events.