Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu CWG 2018 Match timing, TV Channel

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2018

India's PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal set up the much-anticipated badminton women's singles summit clash at the Commonwealth Games after winning their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion, here on Saturday.

Having not lost a single game in her run to the final, Sindhu failed to win a single game in the final and made more errors than usual as Saina's improved movement exhausted her. With both Saina and Sindhu putting their all to get their hands on the yellow metal, the match was extremely exiting with Saina taking the match 21-18, 23-21. But the Indian did not allow Gilmour to settle down and stormed into the final in 24 minutes.

The 28-year-old did not let her aggression drop in the second game, even when Sindhu took a four-point lead.

However, three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei prevented an all-Indian men's singles clash by getting the better of HS Prannoy 21-16 9-21 21-14 in the other semi-final. This is Saina's second CWG gold, her first came in 2010 Commonwealth Games against Wong Mew Choo. But there was no stopping Nehwal who closed the game in 21 minutes.

Saina, who led the head-to-head count 3-1 before Sunday's match, won 21-18 23-21 in the high-pressure match that lasted an hour. In the decider, Nehwal surged ahead with a 7-2 lead before Gilmour reduced the deficit to trail 7-11 midway.

The boxers picked up three, the shooters added one, the wrestlers claimed a couple, while the paddlers and the track-and-field contingent picked up one each on a truly golden day for the country, which also yielded five silver and one bronze medal.

Right now, Kidambi Srikanth is in action against Lee Chong Wei in a battle for Gold in Men's Singles. Also, a win here at the Carrara Sports Arena means the Haryana-born shuttler was unbeaten in all of her matches in the Gold Coast.

In the men's doubles, Satwik and Chirag thrashed Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka 21-18, 21-10 to enter the final, where they will take on English pair of Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis today.

Ashwini and Sikki bagged the women's doubles bronze medal, beating Australians Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville 21-19, 21-19.

The Indian duo earlier had lost to Malaysia's Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo 21-17, 15-21, 4-21 in the semi-finals.

However, in the mixed doubles category, Dipika, who then partnered Saurav Ghosal and settled for a silver, losing 8-11, 10-11 to Australia's Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley in the final. However, in the 2017 Yonex India Sunrise Open, Sindhu registered a 21-16, 22-20 win over the Olympic bronze medallist.

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