In the continuing victory in the 19th Commonwealth Games, Sania Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles after defeating P V Sidhu 21-18, 23-21 high octane final in the women’s singles on Sunday, the last day of the games.
Saina missed the last edition in Glasgow, where Sindhu won bronze. She placed her gold in the event right up with her Olympic bronze of 2012. Commonwealth Games are being conducted at Gold Coast, Australia.
After winning the gold Sania said, “I really term it as next to my Olympic medal and my world No.1 ranking. So I would keep it somewhere there. It’s a gift to my father and my mother, my country. It’s a very emotional moment for me after the disappointing loss in Rio due to injury.”
@NSaina Whaat a win Saina di ???a big congrats for bringing another gold ? to India ?? so proud of you champ ???? keep rocking… so happy to see that smile on your face Saina ????keep smiling #CongratzSaina #CWG2018 #GCBadminton #TeamIndia ?? ?? ?? pic.twitter.com/c7CDXeee7X
— RaHuL RaVeEnDrAn (@rahul_srtcal) April 15, 2018
While describing about her rival, Sania said, “It was a neck to neck game for me, it was even tougher because I have been playing for the last 10-12 days. She is tall, she has longer legs and covers the court better than me, I have to run here and there. I lost five kgs in the last few months, that helps you move faster.”
Both the players refused to give up till the end as the game stood level at 21-21. It was a wide stroke from Sindhu that won Saina the match point as the Glasgow gold medallist screamed in celebration.
Congratulations to Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu for winning GOLD and SILVER respectively in Women’s Singles Badminton at #Gc2018
Daughters of India continue to make us all proud#PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) <ahref=”https://twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn/status/985344062692605955?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>April 15, 2018
At the end of the India stands at third position with 66 Medals Including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze. Australia is on the top position with 198 medals with 79 Gold, 59 Silver and 60 Bronze. Englained remained at the second position with 136 medals: 45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze.