Satwik and Chirag Lose Final, Add Silver to Medals

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Sunday, on the final day of Commonwealth Games 2018, Badminton queen Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles golds at the Commonwealth Games.

However, Mary, a five-time world champion, defeated Kristina O'Hara of Northern Ireland by a unanimous 5:0 verdict to take the women's 48kg title in probably her final CWG campaign. It was this mistake that cost her the match.

Gold medallist Saina Nehwal with silver medallist PV Sindhu.

"I would like to thank everyone in my team for preparing me for the finals".


In a match that started on equal footing, Saina managed to dominate, bringing a rarely seen aggression to the court.

Nehwal, the London Olympic bronze medallist, had heavy strapping on her right shin and revealed afterwards she had been playing through pain throughout the competition. As the gap widened, Saina's command on the baseline also improved.

She ensured that at no point did Sindhu race to a big lead and the tide turned once again when Nehwal won the 64-shot rally, the longest of the match, to make it 18-19. 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.

Sindhu did earn a game point by finishing another long rally with a smash victor.


This is certainly a very proud moment for the country, as two of the most accomplished ladies in Badminton sports were able to achieve god and silver respectively in the Commonwealth Games, which ensured that the nation's flag still fluttered above when the medals were being presented. Saina soon covered ground and started an aggressive run of play, forcing Sindhu to shift her game to defensive. This time, it was Saina who got the championship point when Sindhu struck a return out. But there was no stopping Nehwal who closed the game in 21 minutes.

While Srikanth registered an easy 21-10, 21-17 straight games victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph, Chong Wei overcame World No.11 Prannoy 21-16, 9-21, 21-14.

But Lee was surprisingly off when it came to retrieving the shuttle and his usual agility on the court was only there in flashes. By the end, it literally seemed Saina was toying with Sindhu in the buildup of the turn around in the second game. But Nehwal, known for her retrieving game, has never followed that strategy against her compatriot and prefers to go on an all-out attack mode.


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