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Saina conquers Sindhu- wins Commonwealth gold, Kidambi Srikanth earns silver

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.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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