Gold Coast, April 15: Experienced Saina Nehwal stayed contended from the onset to defeat her Indian counter-part 21-18, 23-21 to clinch gold in the Commonwealth Games women’s singles final here on Sunday. Saina who took the first game with ease, kept her nerves and came from behind in the second game to clinch the close contest as Sindhu settled for a silver.
Following the match, India thus have a total of 62 medals in their kitty, which contains 26 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze.
World.no 10, Saina took the first game in 22 minutes while the second game which was led away by ranked 3 in the World, Sindhu, was clinched by the experienced campaigner in 34 minutes.
In the first game, Saina dictated terms from the onset to clinch the game with ease. Sindhu came nowhere close to her Indian counter-part in the opening game, which she looked to give away with ease.
However, in the second game, Sindhu led in the initial 15 points. But Saina, used her experience to the fore to keep the Rio Olympics Silver medallist to her control and clinch the game which was neck-in-neck from the onset.