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CWG: Saina wins women's singles title

IANS  |  Gold Coast (Australia) 

Indian star Nehwal defeated compatriot P.V. by straight games to win the women's singles title in the competition at the 21st (CWG) here on Sunday.

displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final.

was fired up and played with power and aggression to put under pressure right from the start. on the other hand, struggled to match her compatriot although she gave a stiff fight in the second game.

struggled with her placements during the opening game, her best shot being a well-placed one into the left corner of Saina's side of the court at 9-12.

had forced the lead right at the start of the first game and continued to increase the advantage at a steady pace.

A superb drop shot gave a 19-15 lead before fought back to reduce the gap. But Sindhu's poor accuracy let her down once again as she fired an attempted return into the net to give the first game.

The second game was a totally different story as picked up the tempo. had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow to draw level at 4-4.

took two back to back points take a 6-4 lead before reduced the gap with a deceptive smash that totally outfoxed her rival.

however, and continued to pick up the points bolster her advantage despite excellent play by

continued to fight hard, attempting to chip away at the deficit. managed to hold on to the lead for a long time. But the constant pressure by finally paid off when she drew level at 19-19.

A long rally saw retake the lead at 20-19 before she hit one long as drew level once again.

Another long rally followed by yet another long hit by saw reach game and match point at 21-20.

But was not to be so easily defeated. She drew level once again with some excellent net play before toook the lead once again with a well placed smash.

Saina's patience and fighting spirit finally paid off as an under pressure faltered at the net to hit one wide to hand her opponent the gold.



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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 07:08 IST