Women shuttlers led by singles title-favourite Saina Nehwal provided India with a golden double to pilot the country to a historic second-place finish in the Commonwealth Games that ended here today.
Saina rallied brilliantly from a first-game loss to put it across Me
w Choo Wong of Malaysia 19-21, 23-21, 21-13 in the Women's Singles Final after Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had captured the Doubles crown.
In the first game, Saina found it difficult to judge the shuttle and lost a few points at the forecourt and nets to see the game slip out of her hands.
But the Indian came back strongly in the second. Saina started
playing more cross shots and kept pushing the shuttle at the back in the long rallies to come back from a 0-2 deficit to lead 14-10.
Wong then narrowed the gap and wrested the lead at 21-10 befo
re the Indian closed the game with two more points to roar back into the contest. In the decider, Saina employed a similar strategy and keeping her rival away from the nets, used her deceptive drops and tosses to lead 11-7. She consolidated on her lead as Wong's game crumbled.
The Malaysian kept hitting the shuttle out of the court and hit the nets in the final point as Saina burst into tears and ran into her mentor Pullela Gopichand's arms.