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The 35-year-old roared back from behind to beat India's new world number one Kidambi Srikanth - a decade his junior - 19-21, 21-14, 21-14, after Saina Nehwal saw off fellow Indian P.V. Sindhu in the women's final.

Sunday, on the final day of Commonwealth Games 2018, Badminton queen Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles golds at the Commonwealth Games.

Their first face-off since Nehwal returned from a career-threatening knee injury in 2016, came at the Senior National final and the Commonwealth Games summit clash followed a similar pattern with the 28-year-old once again pulling off a heist against her much younger opponent with a ideal strategy. Saina had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow Sindhu to draw level at 4-4.

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The win was particularly sweet for Sindhu as she had lost to Li in the semifinal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final. Hailing them for "making India proud", President Kovind tweeted, "Congratulations to Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu for winning GOLD and SILVER respectively in Women's Singles Badminton at #Gc2018 Daughters of India continue to make us all proud#PresidentKovind".

Saina had won the first game comfortably but she was made to work for the title in the second game.

Down 14-18, Saina rebounded to make it 19-19 in an engrossing display of shuttle skills and temperament in which her superior attitude preyed on Sindhu's apparent weaknesses. But Nehwal, known for her retrieving game, has never followed that strategy against her compatriot and prefers to go on an all-out attack mode. Saina, who was playing her 11th match in 11 days, had a superior head to head record against Sindhu. But to Sindhu's credit, she too exhibited a better command on her smashes and improved considerably court-coverage to take a 9-7 lead, which she widened to 13-8 after the break. The see-saw battle continued when Sindhu hit one out to give Saina the equalising point yet again.

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Saina, however, had other ideas as she launched a fierce fightback to eat into Sindhu's lead. Srikanth led 11-9 at the break.

The 28-year-old looked too exhausted to continue midway through the rally but kept the shuttle in play with quality strokes and finally caught Sindhu flat-footed in the middle of the court with a backhand flick.

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