PV Sindhu

Sports, Aug 08: Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu on Monday defeated Michelle Li of Canada in the final badminton match of women’s singles at the Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG) in Birmingham.

PV Sindhu beat Michelle Li by 21-15, and 21-13 to bag the gold medal for India. This is the first-ever Commonwealth Games singles gold of Sindhu’s career.

While Sindhu dominated the game from the first set, her opponent competed well. Sindhu won the final badminton match at the Commonwealth Games in straight two games by 21-15, 21-13.

PV Sindhu got off to a great start. As the two were halfway through the first game, the Indian shuttler was leading by 11-8. Michelle Li offered her Indian opponent great competition but fell short in every rally.

The result was a 21-15 win for Sindhu in the first game.

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Michelle Li picked up her pace as the second game started but PV Sindhu clinched it from her. The Canadian kept making errors and it kept widening Sindhu’s lead with every failure. Halfway through the second game, Sindhu was in an advantageous position with an 11-6 lead.

She needed 10 more points to take the gold medal and she did—the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for India.

Earlier, PV Sindhu, who has a silver and a bronze from the 2018 and 2014 editions, rode on her technical superiority to outwit Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min 21-19 21-17 in a 49-minute contest to reach her second successive final. The Indian had also beaten Min in the team event.