Anil Kapoor congratulates Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu on their medal feat

Anil Kapoor congratulates Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu on their medal feat

Saina Nehwal went to win the second game, claiming her second individual Commonwealth Games gold medal by defeating World No. 3 PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in a riveting women's singles final on Sunday at Gold Coast, Australia. Day 9 started with some bad news for India as race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu have been sent home after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event's strict no needle policy.

India are third on the medal table with 59 medals, including 25 golds.

We do have to take into account, however, that the Games in Delhi had over 600 Indian athletes and the Indian contingent at the Gold Coast consisted of 225 members.

It is an all-India final in the women's badminton singles at the 21st Commonwealth Games.

With this Gold, Saina has become the first Indian player to win Singles Gold twice at the Commonwealth Games. Asked how her legs were holding up after continuous competition, Saina quipped: "They are dead".

Saina Nehwal dropped her racquet and screamed like a manic. She eventually overcame Sindhu, who saved one match point but returned a smash wide in the next. She has won a lot of points from the front court in the game.

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In a match that started on equal footing, Saina managed to dominate, bringing a rarely seen aggression to the court. Both (Saina & Sindhu) played very well. "Sometimes things take time but I think had I not been this aggressive it wouldn't have happened", she said.

The manner of his three-game loss to former World No 1, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, in the gold medal clash showed that it was going to be far more hard to retain the top spot than to reach it.

What is the most interesting match for Indians? At one point, both the shuttlers played a superb 64-shot rally to the spectators' delight as Sindhu recovered in the game 19-16. Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei captured the most coveted medals, proving yet again that old is indeed gold! Many say he is a slow starter. The youngsters put on a promising display of courage and determination against their experienced opponents and won a historic silver medal for the nation.

Earlier, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 21-17 15-21 4-21 to Malaysian combo of Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo in women's doubles.

Leading the congratulatory messages for Saina and Sindhu was cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, who expressed pride in seeing two Indian girls fight for gold in Gold Coast, besides praising the duo for setting a flawless example for budding players. In Men's singles for the Bronze, Achanta Sharat Kamal defeated Samuel Walker of England. He clinched the Bronze medal in extraordinary fashion and added to his impressive tally of 8 CWG medals, taking it to 9. Thank you for reading the coverage on Commonwealth Games 2018. Anjum Moudgil joined Sawant on the podium with a silver medal. The 2010 Gold medallist and the 2014 bronze medallist Sindhu had clashed at the Senior National championship finals last November with the former having the last laugh after a gruelling match.

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