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CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal profile, stats, record

CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal profile, stats, record

Next one in for India was Srikanth, who had beaten the Lee in the team championships final earlier in the Games, but the former world number one rallied for a 19-21 21-14 21-14 triumph today for his third CWG gold.

Despite pulling off a brilliant win to end her Gold Coast campaign with a gold medal, Saina conceded that she played with minor niggles. That included 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze.

Meanwhile, it's showering gold for India on the penultimate day of the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast.

Many expected Saina to come out as second best in the foray given her constant injury issues coupled with Sindhu's recent form, but defying all odds, she added another victory over her Indian counterpart in absolute style. However, the Supergirl had it in her and gave one final push to settle the match in the 2nd game itself. It took her 56 minutes to dispose of Sindhu.

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Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal are all set to face their opponents in the finals while shuttler Prannoy succumbed to Lee chong Wei in the semis.

Sindhu 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.

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

"Happy with Gold in mixed team even and also Silver in singles", Sindhu told India Today.

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Boxing Champion Vijender Singh congratulated the two ladies for the exceptional performance, and wrote on his Twitter, profile, "It was a delight watching you both play".

"It is a matter of great pride that forming 25 per cent of the Indian contingent, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) athletes clinched 40 per cent of the total golds won by India". This ended India's gold medal quest and after the 11-day extravaganza, India finished with 26 gold medals, 20 silver medals, 20 medals with a combined kitty of 66 medals.

Meanwhile, Manika Batra grabbed her fourth medal at this year's CWG. Sathiyan Gyanasekaran and Manika Batra both showed huge faith as they beat their seniors, Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 in three straight games in Mixed Doubles bronze medal match.

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