PV Sindhu gave India the perfect start to the final day of the Commonwealth Games, with a gold medal in women’s singles badminton. Sindhu defeated Canadian Michelle Li 21-15, 21-13 in the last two to win her first singles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Notably, Sindhu had won a silver medal at the last Commonwealth Games in singles and also won the silver medal at the Asian Games in 2018. Following her win, Australian batter David Warner took to social media and congratulated Sindhu on winning her title. first CWG gold medal. .
“Well done @pvsindhu1 great achievement, complete,” Warner wrote in a tweet.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) August 8, 2022
Sindhu had won the silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and followed it up with bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sindhu had won a gold medal in the 2018 CWG mixed team event. She had also won a bronze medal in the 2014 CWG in women’s singles.
Sindhu, by far India’s most awarded singles, had little trouble against her Canadian opponent in the final.
Although she had to sweat in the semi-finals by Yeo Jia Min from Singapore.
Sindhu had previously won silver in the mixed team event.
In the first game, Michelle tried to take points by playing close to the net, while Sindhu was the more attacking one.
A smash to the left of Li made it 7-5 before the Canadian dropped a shot to the right of Sindhu to make it 7-6.
Sindhu took three straight points after the break to extend her lead to 14-8. Michelle then scored a forehand drop, causing her to smile in frustration.
Michelle came up with two consecutive backhand winners for 14-17, but Sindhu took the first game with a punch to the Candian’s body.
The Hyderabadi took a 4-2 lead in the second with a brilliant fetch of her body and crossed 11-6 at the break.
The crowd felt a comeback from Michelle who won the longest rally of the match by forehand winner. However, Sindhu closed the door on her and completed a nice win with a cross court winner.
“I’ve been waiting for this gold for a long time and finally I got it. I’m super happy. Thanks to the audience, they let me win today,” Sindhu said after the final.
(with PTI inputs)
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