Easy Gold for Saina, Notwithstanding Close Scoreline

Singapore’s OKTO TV channel was showing a Commonwealth Games rugby match when Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu were in an all-Indian badminton gold medal clash this morning.

It is a no-brainer that badminton is a more popular sport in Asia, including in Singapore, than rugby. I am still unable to grasp what made rugby trump badminton in terms of TV coverage!

Luckily, the badminton final was shown live on Toggle, so I was able to watch it there. Thank you Toggle!

Saina took home the Gold with a straight two-game win, deservingly so! Though the scoreline may make it look like a close contest, to me, Saina was the superior player and a convincing winner with her consistency.

Throughout the two-week Games, it was Saina who gave all her might for India who took the team gold, with Sindhu enjoying a nice break. She did not play a single team match, possibly to keep her fit for the individual gold that turned out to be elusive for her.

This is the second successive defeat for Sindhu against Saina. After injuries kept Saina struggling the last two years, she is now at the top of her game.

Congratulations, Saina! Women players have kept the Indian flag flying high at the Games, concluding today on the Gold Coast.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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