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.
CWG 2018 Badminton Highlights:
- 11:28 (IST)
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)
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.
- 10:00 (IST)
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.
- 09:36 (IST)
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.
- 08:24 (IST)
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.
- 07:18 (IST)
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)
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
- 06:13 (IST)
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.
- 05:32 (IST)
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.
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.