Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to win gold, Sharath Achanta claims bronze

Saina sets date with Sindhu in singles final

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu assure India of gold and silver medals

Earlier, Saina Nehwal's aggression and intensity quite literally wilted PV Sindhu as she picked up the women's singles Commonwealth Games gold medal with exhilarating triumph in the final today.

In a spectacular turn of events, the women's singles final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be an all-India affair, which is a first in a major worldwide event.

In the opening game, when Saina just needed the game point for winning the first set, Sindhu fought back and won four shots before Saina eventually won the opening game. Saina, who led the head-to-head count 3-1 before the match, won 21-18 23-21 in the high-pressure match that lasted an hour.

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It was Saina who got off to the better start and led 11-6 at the changeover in the opening game as she tried to move Sindhu around the court and made her lunge forward after pushing her deep frequently. Their match will be followed by Kidambi Srikanth taking on Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles final.

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Clearly in the throes of love, Younes placed a tender hand on his girlfriend's lower back as they prepared to head into the event. She said: 'Everybody was like let it go, but the people that love me, and know me, and know us, was telling me to work it out.

A long rally saw Sindhu retake the lead at 20-19 before she hit one long as Saina drew level once again. She maintained the three-point lead till 15-11.

The eleventh day of the CWG is perhaps the biggest competition for the country - a clash between the nation's two top shuttlers, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, as they take the stage at the Women's Singles Final on Sunday. It was easy going for Saina before Gilmour staged a come back, but Saina held momentum and wasted no opportunity to triumph 21-14, 18-21, 21-17.

Saina opened up a 5-0 lead early in the first game before Kirsty managed to open her account to trail 8-11 midway. The second game followed a similar tangent and despite having the more exhausted set of legs, Saina was a delight with her trademark angled smashes.

Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, the pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra defeated fellow Indian pair of Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das to bring home Bronze in the Mixed Doubles. Sindhu rallied back to make it 14-18 as some of her trademark smashes began to materialise, but Saina was too good. By the first break, the Olympic bronze medalist was leading the tie 11-6.

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