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CWG 2018 Badminton highlights: Saina Nehwal’s gold leads the way, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty win silver

Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu in the final to win her second gold at the Commonwealth Games while Kidambi Srikant and doubles pair Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty took silver.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 15, 2018 11:37:58 am
Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu in a match that will go down as a classic. (Source: AP)

Saina Nehwal’s gold in a dramatic two-game match against PV Sindhu remains pretty much the highlight of the day for India. For badminton purists the game would rank alongside the men’s singles final between Lee Chong Wei and Kidambi Srikanth. While Srikanth is the current world no.1, Chong Wei showed why he is regarded as one of the greatest men’s singles players of all time, dominating the match after loss in the first game. Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were outclassed by the far more experienced English pair of Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis. India’s medal tally through badminton thus stands at two golds, three silvers and one bronze. They are hence top of the rankings among Englang, Malaysia and Scotland.

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11:28 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
That's it for Day 11 and Commonwealth Games 2018

Saina Nehwal showed in Gold Coast that she remains one of the most dependable players for India as far winning a medal or two is concerned. It was her win in the singles part of the team event that took India to the brink of victory. She then prevailed in a grueling singles fixtures against PV Sindhu with the second game involving 44 points and two rallies that lasted over 60 seconds. 

While Kidambi Srikanth's loss to Lee Chong Wei may have been a painful one to watch, it would also be one to cherish for the badminton purists. Lee Chong Wei showed why it is that he is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the sport and his domination of Srikanth was appreciated by all fans, regardless of who they were supporting. 17-year-old Satwik Rankireddy and 20-year-old Chirag Shetty may have been completely outclassed in the final but their sojourn in Gold Coast has given them valuable experience of a big tournament, apart from winning a major medal at such a young age. 

10:41 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty win silver

Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge have pulled off a dominant  21-13, 21-16 win against the Indian pair to claim gold. While Satwik and Chirag have had their moments, it was, for the most part, a one-sided affair. 

10:27 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
England 12-10 India

Satwik and Chirag are staging a comeback here. They have reduced the deficit to two points. They aren't letting the Englishmen dictate the terms of engagement too easily, putting in smashes whenever chances arise and cramping their opponents for space. 

10:13 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
England win first game 21-13

A faulty serve gives England the final point. This has been a bit of a schooling for Satwik and Chirag. Ellis and Langridge look a class apart at the moment. 

10:10 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
England 19-11 India

The Englishmen are simply co-ordinating better than the Indians. Satwik and Chirag have exchanged flabbergasted looks at each other quite a few times over the course of this game. 

10:00 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty vs Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge

If seen through the prism of experience, this would be a lopsided fixture. Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge have both been around for a long time now. It remains to be seen how much of a difference that would make. 

09:44 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Medal distribution for Men's Singles

England's Rajiv Ouseph, who was beaten by Kidambi Srikanth in the semis, claimed an epic 17-21, 25-23, 21- win over HS Prannoy to claim bronze. Kidambi Srikanth is awarded the silver while Lee Cong Wei is awarded gold. 

09:36 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Malaysia win women's doubles gold

More honours for Malaysia as Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo Kah Mun beat England's Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker to win the women's doubles gold. Chow and Hoo won the match 21-12, 21-12. Up next is the men's doubles gold between India's Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty play England's Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge. 

08:28 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Medal distribution for women's singles underway

Scotland's Kristy Gilmour, whom Saina Nehwal had defeated in a thriller of a semi-final, beat Canada's Michelle Li 21-11, 21-16 to win bronze. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are awarded their medals next, each of their names being greeted by big cheers from the Indian fans. 

08:24 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Kidambi Srikanth wins silver in badminton men's singles, loses 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei

Srikanth directs a shot at the net and that calls an end to the match. Lee Chong Wei goes down lying flat on the court. It is hard to believe that this would be his final Commonwealth Games considering he looked a class above the player who is currently sitting at the top of the world rankings. Nevertheless, it is a first medal for Kidambi Srikanth at the Commonwealth Games. 

08:14 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 10-16 Chong Wei

A cross-court smash from Srikanth gets him a rare point but it has pretty much been one-way traffic. That trend continues into the next two points with Srikanth directing smash after smash on both sides of Ching Wei but the latter takes the points anyhow. Srikanth then overhits a service and gifts one more point to Ching Wei. 

08:08 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 5-11 Chong Wei

A few exchanges between the two before Chong Wei directs a smash into the face of Srikanth. A smash to Srikanth's right then a floated shot to his left before sending him sprawling to his right again with another smash and Chong Wei takes the 16th point of the game. 

08:05 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Lee Chong Wei races to 7-1 lead......

.....before Srikanth takes two points on the trot to make it 7-3. This astonishing work from the Malaysian. He has made the world no. 1 look like a rookie in some of the exchanges in the third game. 

08:01 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Lee Chong Wei takes the second game!

And in keeping with this trend, the veteran Malaysian takes the second game 21-14. This has been an exhilarating display of badminton and it is one match that deserved a third game. 

07:57 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 14-18 Chong Wei in second game

Chong Wei is on fire at the moment and Srikanth seems to be struggling to find an answer to the Malaysian fluent switches between attack and defence. It doesn't matter whether Srikanth's smashes are close to his body or on the other side of the court, he is getting there and he is getting that shuttle accross the net. 

07:53 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 12-13 Chong Wei in second game

The Malaysian is using all his experience to maintain a lead in this match, alternating between attack and defence ever more effortlessly with each point won.  

07:48 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth leads 7-6 in second game

Lee Chong Wei showed his class with a lovely pickup from a smash that was close to his body and then forced Srikanth into crossing the net. 

07:39 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth wins first game 21-19

That is the first game. Srikanth got off to slow start but he went on to overtake Chong Wei. He is now one more game away from winning his first Commonwealth Games singles gold. 

07:35 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 19-19 Chong Wei in 1st game

We have another cracker in our hands. Chone Wei and Srikanth are both looking to attack when the chance arrives and it has been neck and neck so far. 

07:29 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 14-14 Chong Wei

Chong Wei concedes a few points to Srikanth's precise smashes but he starts entangling Srikanth with his net play before cramping him for space with smashes aimed at his body. 

07:21 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Srikanth 10-7 Chong Wei

Lee Ching Wei made a strong start to the match, taking the first four points without conceding a single. But Srikanth comes raging back into the game to take the lead. 

07:18 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Kidambi Srikanth takes on Lee Cong Wei

World no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth takes on Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei in the final. Srikanth is yet to beat Lee in a major singles match. 

06:56 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
THAT'S THAT! Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-21, wins gold at Gold Coast 2018

Saina goes down on her knees, screaming her heart out. She has been doubted, her ability has been questioned and since Rio 2016, Sindhu has replaced her as India's 'Badminton Queen' but she has shown here why it is that she was regarded as the best player in the world at one point. Sindhu was leading 20-18 But Saina made it 20-20. She then took the lead but Sindhu returned to make it 21-21. Saina then won a rally that was played at such breakneck speed that it was difficult to see the shuttle. Sindhu was down on the court after that and it seems that was the one that did it. The Olympic silver medallist looked 

06:44 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Sindhu 20-20 Saina

A 69-second rally goes Saina's way and she makes it 18-18. Sindhu then takes two points to make it 20-18, but Saina comes back and it is now 20-20. This match is one for the classic reels.

06:33 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Sindhu 15-12 Saina in 2nd game

Saina slowly getting back in the groove. She is maintaining her aggression, trying to direct smashes closer to Sindhu's body. Sindhu has been taking advantage of the room she was getting while Saina stretches the game and so the latter is going for a different approach now. 

06:22 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
PV Sindhu 6-5 Saina Nehwal

Sindhu in much better form in this game and it is the Olympic silver medallist who is looking to control the match more than go for big smashes. An indicator of that was when Sindhu picked Saina's cross court smash out of thin air, catching the latter unawares. 

06:13 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Saina Nehwal wins first game 21-18

What a finish to the first game. Saina Nehwal maintained a firm control over proceedings for much of the match and reached game point with Sindhu on 14. But the latter then took four points on the trot to peg back Saina. In the end, an attempted smash from Sindhu ending its journey on the net called an end to the first game. 

06:06 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Saina 15-10 Sindhu

Saina's well-placed shots are keeping her one step ahead of Sindhu. It is still Saina dictating the terms of engagement and she is now switching over to the aggressive side with smashes becoming more frequent. 

06:00 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Saina Nehwal pulls away, lead 11-6

Saina Nehwal starting to dictate the rallies now. She is making Sindhu use all corners of the court, diminishing the scope for the latter to go for her trademark smashes. 

05:54 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal

Even match so far. Both players have had two points each and, thus far, both are playing to their strengths; Sindhu with her powerful smashes and Saina trying to reply by trying to hit the shuttle to as many corners of the court as possible

05:44 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Mixed doubles finals

England's Gabrielle Adcock and Chris Adcock beat compatriots Marcus Ellis, Lauren Smith to win gold in badminton mixed doubles final. Next up, it is the women's singles finals between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.

05:32 (IST) 15 Apr 2018
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the badminton finals

PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth; three of the biggest names in Indian badminton and they have lived up to that billing in Gold Coast. All three are assured of at least a silver. Kidambi Srikanth will be facing Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei. Srikanth is yet to win against Lee but it is to be noted that the two are yet to face each other since the Indian's rise in stature in 2017. But before that comes the blockbuster clash between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. Saina has won gold at the CWG before - at Delhi 2010 - while Sindhu has won bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Games. 

(Source: PTI) India’s badminton queens PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal set up the much-anticipated women’s singles summit clash at the Commonwealth Games after winning their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion. The 22-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who had missed the mixed team competition due to an ankle sprain, knocked out defending champion Michelle Li 21-18 21-8 in just 26 minutes while former world no 1 Saina had to dig deep to struggle past 2014 silver medallist Kristy Gilmour 21-14 18-21 21-17 in 68 minutes. With two star shuttlers reaching the final, India are assured of gold and silver in the women’s singles.

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