Saina Nehwal played really well, proud of my Silver: PV Sindhu to India Today

first_imgPV Sindhu may have lost in the final of women’s singles badminton against compatriot Saina Nehwal but the Olympic Silver medallist said it was a proud moment for her to see India’s flag flying high.The 22-year-old shuttler also added that winning a silver medal in the singles event was a “proud moment” for her.”Happy with Gold in mixed team even and also Silver in singles,” Sindhu told India Today.”It has been a good week overall and I think today getting the silver was a proud moment for me. There is a winner and a loser, Saina played well, but I could have taken the second game. At times I feel luck also matters. It was a good one overall; there were long rallies and both of us were aggressive.””It was a proud moment for both of us to see the Indian flag fly high,” added Sindhu.Nehwal defeated Sindhu in straight games to win Gold in the women’s singles badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday. Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final.Sindhu relied on using her height to hit at Saina with steep and hard smashes whereas Saina looked to negotiate Sindhu’s power with her her ability to create difficult angles.As Saina beat Sindhu, the Olympic bronze-medallist increased her head-to-head record and now leads 4-1. The only time Sindhu has managed to overcome Saina was in the 2017 India Open.Saina has beaten Sindhu twice on the BWF circuit in the 2018 Indonesia Masters and 2014 India Grand Prix Gold and once in the 2017 National Badminton Championships.advertisementIndia’s coach Pullela Gopichand was a proud man saying “India has won” after one of the best singles matches played in the competition.”I only watched the end part of the second game. I thought Saina played smart. She stayed on. It was a close match and it could have gone either way. I think Gold for India, Silver for India.. nothing better than that. It shows both of them are playing really well and I hope both of them continue their performance for the rest of the year.”I think overall, it has been a fantastic performance. I think the team Gold for me was the highlight of the event. Saina was fantastic but also Srikanth beating Lee Chong Wei. These were the highlights for me. But overall, every player played well and I think it was a fantastic tournament,” Gopichand told India Today.last_img

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