Commonwealth Games: Sindhu wins gold with impressive performance

India’s PV Sindhu plays a shot against Canada’s Michelle Li in the women’s singles badminton final match at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG), in Birmingham, UK, Monday, August 8, 2022. (PTI)

Birmingham, August 8 (IANS): India’s PV Sindhu won her first Commonwealth Games women’s singles gold medal by beating Canada’s Michelle Li, the 2014 champion in Glasgow, in the back-to-back final here on Monday.

Sindhu played aggressively, controlled rallies well and didn’t give her opponent many chances as she won 21-15, 21-13 in the final at Hall 5 show court of the National Exhibition Center (NEC).

“I’ve been waiting for this gold medal for a long time, so I’m super happy,” Sindhu said in his on-court comments after raising his fist to wave to the sparse crowd.

This is Sindhu’s second medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games after winning a silver medal in the mixed team competition. She had won gold and silver in Gold Coast.

This year, Sindhu had won the Syed Modi International for the second time in January and then won the 2022 Swiss Open, beating Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the final in consecutive matches. She went on to win the Singapore Open title, beating Asian champion Wang Zhiyi of China in the final. In the meantime, she also won bronze at the Asian Badminton Championships.

On Monday, Sindhu started well and took an early lead in game one, displacing Michelle with pinpoint shots. She was aggressive and made very few unforced errors.

Sindhu took a 3-1 lead and maintained their lead throughout the game and although Michelle caught it at 5-5, Sindhu again took the lead and still maintained a 2-3 point advantage . She entered the break at 11-8, mixing her smashes and half-smashes with disguised drop shots to keep the world No. 13 Canadian – the 2014 women’s singles champion at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – on the back foot and battling for follow.

The Canadian played a great crossover smash but made an unforced error playing a tight drop, and that remained her story throughout the match.

Sindhu extended the lead to 18-14 and had her first game point at 20-15 which she easily converted to win the opener.

Game two went along similar lines as Sindhu took an early lead and Michelle Li played a little more aggressively, creating good chances but also making a few unforced errors.

A shot sent wide after a good rally from Michelle Li gave Sindhu match point and the 27-year-old from Hyderabad converted it with a nice smash to win her first Olympics singles gold medal. Commonwealth.

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