Saina Nehwal's aggression and intensity quite literally brought top seed PV Sindhu to her knees as she ensnared the women's singles Commonwealth Games gold but K Srikanth and the debutant men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty settled for silver medals on the final day of the event here today.
Earlier, in the day we saw Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won bronze for India in mixed doubles table tennis at Commonwealth Games 2018 on Sunday. India also grabbed the Gold in the mixed team event.
In a tense final, the Delhi 2010 champion staged a second-game comeback against Sindhu, the Olympic silver-medallist, to grasp a thrilling victory 21-18, 23-21.
The match that lasted an hour was extremely intense and Nehwal used her experience to emerge as the victor. From there on, the Scot didn't look back and win the second game in 23 minutes. I thought Saina played smart.
It was a high-risk plan, for, had it backfired, it would have left the Sindhu with far more energy for the decider, if the match were to go the full distance. That included 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze.
Some applauded the performance of both the athletes.. "I think there would be 100 things written about me but for her (P V Sindhu) it is still ok because she is still coming up", she said. I think the team Gold for me was the highlight of the event. Srikanth was virtually reduced to a spectator as Lee piled on the points. These were the highlights for me. With this bronze, India's medal tally increases to 60. "I am proud of her comeback".
Women's singles silver medallist Venkata Pusarla of India celebrates on the podium. With experience, he will certainly learn how to capitalize and take the match away from the opponents by converting good starts to wins. "Also Gopi sir has been running different programs for both Sindhu and me and he's kept pushing me to do better so that has helped too".
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. The Malaysian took Gold despite losing the first game as he won 19-21, 21-14, 21-14.