Saina wins women’s singles; Jwala, Ashwini claim doubles
The Indian badminton’s golden girls – Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – won India two gold medals on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.Saina NehwalThey thus created history in the Indian badminton winning first gold medals for the country in the Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Wong Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.Top seed Saina defeated the world number 19 at a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex in an exciting match 19-21, 23-21, 21-13.Going as a favourite, Saina had a disappointing start as she lost the opening game to the revenge-seeking Malaysian. But she fought back in the second game and saved a match point to finally win the game. She dominated in the final game and did not let Wong to overtake her at any point of the game.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl had earlier defeated Wong in the ongoing Commonwealth Games’ team event finals, which India had lost to Malaysia 1-3. Saina was the only player to win a match against the much stronger Malaysian team. She had defeated Wong 24-26, 21-17, 21-14.