Saina Nehwal defeated compatriot PV Sindhu in straight games to win the women’s singles title in the Badminton competition. Saina had a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final to claim her second individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The vastly-experienced Saina took her overall head-to-head record against Sindhu to 4-1.
Newly-crowned World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth settled for a silver medal when he lost the Men’s final to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei. The former world number one rallied for a 19-21 21-14 21-14 triumph against Srikanth. Earlier, Srikanth had beaten Lee in the Mixed Team championships final in the Games.
Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty today claimed India’s first ever medal in men’s doubles after settling for a silver. Satwik and Chirag lost 13-21 16-21 to Rio Olympics bronze medallist English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in a 39-minutes.
Also in the Women’s Doubles, India’s Ashwini Ponnappa and N.Sikki Reddy bagged the bronze medal by beating Australians Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. The Indian duo prevailed in straight games 21-19, 21-19 over the Australians, in a 47-minute crunch match.
With this, India ended their highly successful badminton campaign with six medals- 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze.