New Delhi: Indian star shuttler and double Olympic medalist P V Sindhu defeated Canada’s Michelle Li 21-19 21-17 in women singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games on Monday to win an elusive gold medal. The world number seven from India outplayed her 13th ranked opponent 21-15, 21-13 in front of a packed crowd at the NEC arena. The 30-year-old had to produce something special for her first win against Sindhu in eight years but the Indian did not give her a window.
Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen scripted history on Monday as he won gold in men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games 2022. World number 10 Sen, who made his CWG debut this year, defeated Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong 19-21 21-9 21-16 in the final.
The men’s doubles duo of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won India its third successive badminton gold of the day by defeating England’s Sean Vendy and Ben Lane in the final on Monday. The Indian duo warded off the English challenge by 21-15, 21-13.
Indian paddler Sharath Kamal clinched the gold medal in the men’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Kamal defeated England’s Liam Pitchford 11-13, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8 registering a 4-1 victory. Paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran clinched the bronze medal in the men’s singles defeating England’s Paul Drinkhall 4-3, with a scoreline of 11-9, 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9.
Sindhu Clinches Maiden Gold
PV Sindhu was clinical in her short game and pounced on the slightest of attacking opportunities. Michelle had beaten the 2019 World Champion way back in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
In the first game, Michelle was trying to get points by playing close to the net while Sindhu was the more attacking one. A smash on Li’s left made it 7-5 before the Canadian came with a drop shot on Sindhu’s right to make it 7-6.
Sindhu took three straight points after the interval to stretch her lead to 14-8. Michelle then netted a regulation forehand drop, leaving her smiling in frustration. Michelle did come up with two consecutive backhand winners for 14-17 but Sindhu bagged the first game with a swat shot on the Candian’s body.
The Hyderabadi took a 4-2 lead in the second with a brilliant retrieve off her body and was cruising 11-6 at the interval. The crowd sensed a comeback from Michelle who won the longest rally of the match with a forehand winner.
Sindhu however shut the door on her and completed a fine win with a cross court winner.
“I had been waiting for this gold for a long time and finally I have got it. I am super happy. Thanks to the crowd, they made me win today,” said Sindhu after the final.
(With PTI Inputs)