India badminton star PV Sindhu has bagged another major title after beating Canada’s Michelle Li in the Commonwealth Games 2022 final. For the unversed, this is the first-ever time when Sindhu has won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
In the 2014 and 2018 games, she won Bronze and Silver respectively. This time around, the Hyderabad player absolutely crushed her opponent. The singles Gold Medal game only lasted two sets in which the former World Champion won 21-15 and 21-13.
The Canadian player had started well with the shuttle dropping short after hitting the net. However, her Indian counterpart immediately leveled the score. Sindhu took a lead of 3-1 after picking back-to-back points.
However, Michelle wasn’t in the mood to let go and made it 5-5. Before the lemon break, the scorecard read 11-8 with the 2018 Silver medalist leading the game. After the break, it was Sindhu who dominated the proceedings.
At one stage, the game was tilted heavily in the favor of Sindhu with a score of 15-9. However, her opponent made a comeback and made it 17-14. The World Number 13 player couldn’t catch up from there on. At the end of the first set, the score read 21-15 with the 27-year-old winning the first game.
In the second set, the Canada player took the lead just like she did in the first set. However, the little glory was short lived as Sindhu came back and grabbed the lead 3-2. Shots were fired from both ends but Sindhu ensured she kept the lead for the major part of the second game.
Even after conceding three more points, the 2014 Bronze medalist dominated the game with 10-6. Before the break, the score read 13-10 in favor of the Indian athlete. She kept smashing all across the court and eventually won by 21-13 to clinch her first Gold medal in her third attempt.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 8, 2022
At 27, this is what PV Sindhu’s medal cabinet looks like
🥇🥈🥈🥉🥉 World Championships
🥈🥉 Asian Games
🥇🥈South Asian Games
🥉🥉 Uber Cup
One of our greatest sportspersons ever
— Aniket Mishra (@aniketmishra299) August 8, 2022
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 8, 2022
PV Sindhu, one of India’s greatest athletes, adds the elusive Commonwealth Games women’s singles gold to her glorious collection. She struggled with her left leg in the semis & final but it didn’t matter. Sindhu was not going to be denied. What a champion! 👏#CWG2022 #Badminton pic.twitter.com/o4X0j1iQvy
— Aditya Chaturvedi (@aditya_c19) August 8, 2022
The brilliance of @Pvsindhu1 creates history once again!
You had us glued to our tv screens!
What an amazing show of excellence and determination!
Congratulations on a remarkable GOLD 🇮🇳 #CWG2022 !
PV SINDHU you are India’s PRIDE ! pic.twitter.com/jmbxQE9j6I
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 8, 2022
* 5 medals in World Championships
* 5 medals in CWG Games( Winning gold just now in CWG 2022)
*2 medals in Olympics
*2 medals in Asian Championships
— Ankit Chaubey (@AnkitCh19557495) August 8, 2022
Congratulations! @Pvsindhu1 for Winning Gold Medal 🥇for India. Absolutely an incredible performance. India celebrating 75 years of independence in its own style, Tiranga all around the world. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/Hvb53B2lny
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) August 8, 2022
The phenomenal @Pvsindhu1 is a champion of champions! She repeatedly shows what excellence is all about. Her dedication and commitment is awe-inspiring. Congratulations to her on winning the Gold medal at the CWG. Wishing her the best for her future endeavours. #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/WVLeZNMnCG
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2022
– Bronze in 2014
– Silver in 2018
– Gold in 2022
PV Sindhu in Commonwealth Games: A champion forever from India. pic.twitter.com/6fYMlr6Elv
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 8, 2022
Congratulations! PV Sindhu for Gold 🥇 pic.twitter.com/ih44U0t5nm
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) August 8, 2022