Saina wins the long rally with a clever backhand push. Can Sindhu hold on to the lead. "You are going to win the sports pistol with your personal best" I thought he's trying to cheer me up after training. "For her (Sindhu), it is still alright because she is still coming up", says Saina, suggesting that she's often left to deal with the harsher judgement. It's 13-9 in favor of Sindhu. "It's a very emotional moment for me after the disappointing loss in Rio due to injury", second seed Saina said after a straight-game but draining victory over top seed and compatriot PV Sindhu in the final here. Saina, however, defended her teammate. Errors by the bunch and a couple of loose shots drowned her mother's calls for focus. On the other hand, Sindhu found it tough to adjust to the delicate placement of strokes by Saina, who took the pace off the shuttle by attacking the net. Saina was pushed to the brink by 2014 silver medalist Kristy Gilmour in their semi-final match.
Sindhu is struggling and is a bit rattled as well. "How could I sleep?" she said.
"Overall, Indian shuttlers have done well in the CWG here; winning the mixed team gold for the first time and picking a gold in women's singles and silver each in men's (K. Srikanth) and women's singles (herself)". However, not long ago, ahead of the quadrennial event the 28-year-old had threatened to pull out of CWG after her father's name was missing from the team officials' list. Her win over Singapore great Feng Tianwei in the women's singles rubber of the gold medal tie was remarkable.
Indian competitors ended their campaign in the eleven day event on the third place, with 66 medals including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze medals.
Ashwini, however, failed to grab a bronze medal in the mixed doubles partnering Satwik, even as H S Prannoy suffered defeat in the men's singles bronze-medal playoff.
India's badminton players continued their fine run here on Sunday with Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth securing the gold and silver medal in their respective categories. Here's our preview of the match.
Veteran table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal bagged the men's singles bronze medal beating England's Samuel Walker 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10.