first_imgIndian 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, October 14. They thus created history in Indian badminton, winning the first gold medals for the country in Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final 19-21, 23-21, 21-13, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.The twin titles in women’s badminton also saw India reclaim their number two position in the medal’s tally as India pushed England to number three with 38 golds with the visitors trailing by one.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.Jwala, Ashwini give India women’s doubles goldEarlier, Jwala and Ashwini registered a historical win for the country as they thrashed favourites Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to claim their first major international victory.advertisementThe duo played to expectation as India’s hopes pinned on the three women shuttlers as well as the men’s hockey team to reclaim the second position from England in the medal’s tally. While the world champions Australia were humiliating in a one-sided men’s final at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Jwala and Ashwini battled their higher-ranked Singaporean competitors at the packed Siri Fort Stadium.They outplayed top seed Shanti-Lei 21-16, 21-19.Though the Indians had slightly disappointing start in the first game as they conceded three successive points to trail 0-3, a perfect blend of attack and defence brought Jwala and Ashwini back. Soon they were leading in the game, which they ultimately won.The second game saw a similar action as the Indians were trailing at 12-15, but Jwala-Ashwini used drops and smashes to return in the game. Jwala’s aggressive game finally saw the Indian pair through in the second game also.last_img