'Emotional' Nehwal grabs badminton gold in all-India thriller

Commonwealth Games 2018 Star shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to clash in finals

Saina sets date with Sindhu in singles final

Team India has been guaranteed another medal in the Women's Badminton Singles, with Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu setting up a battle for Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Saina is the first Indian shuttler to win two singles gold medals in badminton in Commonwealth Games as she had previously won at the 2010 event as well.

The 28-year-old trailed throughout the second game before she saved a game point to beat Sindhu 21-18, 23-21 in 58 minutes to register her third straight win over the world number 3 in the last six months.

Saina, who led the head-to-head count 3-1 before today's match, won 21-18 23-21 in the high-pressure match that lasted an hour. However, Sindhu once again gained the three-point lead to make it 18-14 in her favour.

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Sindhu started with a slender 11-10 lead midway into her first game against the Canadian, before extending to 14-11 and then to 19-15. However, towards the end of the opening game, Sindhu saved four match points as she tried to stay in the contest. However, newly-crowned World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth let slip the early advantage to settle for a silver medal going down to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the men's singles summit clash.

On Sunday, she began with a flourish, went for the big smashes each time the opportunity presented itself and raced to a 11-6 lead. While Saina had some trouble dealing with the brute force of Sindhu's smashes, the latter found it tough to adjust to the delicate placement of her senior's strokes.

Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, the pair of Sathiyan and Manika Batra defeated fellow Indian pair of Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das to bring home Bronze in the Mixed Doubles. Saina had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow Sindhu to draw level at 4-4. Sindhu on the other hand, struggled to match her compatriot although she gave a stiff fight in the second game.

What time is the CWG 2018 badminton singles final between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal? The mixed doubles final starts at 4:30 am IST. Even as Srikanth attempted to come back with his trademark down-the-line smashes and aggression, Lee's aggression and net play took over the court as he led 11-5 at the changeover. By the first break, the Olympic bronze medalist was leading the tie 11-6.

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