Commonwealth Games 2022 Badminton Final PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Highlights: Sindhu clinches her 1st singles gold

Updated on Aug 08, 2022 03:10 PM IST

PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Commonwealth Games 2022 Badminton final highlights: PV Sindhu beat Michelle Li 21-15, 21-13 to win her first CWG singles gold medal.

Sindhu had earlier won bronze at silver in CWG singles. 
Sindhu had earlier won bronze at silver in CWG singles. (REUTERS)

Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu finally won her first singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games after a 21-15, 21-13 win over Canada's Michelle Li. Sindhu has now completed the set, having won bronze in 2014, which was incidentally the year Li won her gold medal, silver in 2018 and now gold in Birmingham. Sindhu had strapping on her ankle and it seemed to hinder her movements early in the match. However she seemed to have gotten over it and was relentlessly darting around the court in the second game. 

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  • Aug 08, 2022 03:04 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: The flags go up and the Indian national anthem is played

    The Indian flag goes up with the Canadian and Singapore flags on either side of it. Then the Indian national anthem is played in the arena. Sindhu then takes a pic with the silver and bronze medallists on the podium and then invites her own team to the podium for a pic. She then high fives a few fans, signs a few autographs, takes a few selfies, makes some memories for fans to remember for the rest of their lives before exiting in a blaze of glory. That's it from us on this live blog but do skip to the others we have running, there are more badminton medals and potentially hockey and table tennis to be won for Indians. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 03:00 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: The players walk out!

    Here are Jia Min Yeo, Michelle  Li and PV Sindhu, who high fives the Indian fans on her way out. This is Li's second medal at the Games. The loudest cheers, obviously, reserved for Sindhu who steps up to the podium and takes the gold medal. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:53 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: Medal ceremony coming up

    Stay tuned, Sindhu and Li will return to the Show Court alongwith Singapore's Jia Min Yeo, who won broze for the medal ceremony. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:44 PM IST

    CWG badminton live: GOLD MEDAL FOR PV SINDHU!!

    Sindhu beats Li 21-15, 21-13. There it is! First-ever CWG singles gold medal for PV Sindhu. She won bronze in 2014, silver in 2018 and has now completed the set. It is her first singles gold and her second gold overall, having been part of the Indian team that won the mixed team event at Gold Coast 2018. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:43 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG badminton live: Sindhu 20-13 Li in Game 2

    Li can't get away a net shot and Sindhu takes a 19-13 lead. Li then hits a high cross courth shot wide and gets to seven championship points. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:41 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: Sindhu 17-12 Li in Game 2

    Li giving it her all but Sindhu is just two good. Two high quality cross-courters from Sindhu gets four points away from the gold medal. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:36 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: Sindhu 13-10 Li in Game 2

    Li spread eagled on the floor trying to reach Sindhu's cross court smash from her right and the Indian extends her lead to six points. Li then wins the next two points to reduce the gap to four. However, it's Li herself who breaks that run with an attempted cross court smash that is buried in the net. Li, however, continues to win points and she reduces the lead to three points after an epic 57-shot rally. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:30 PM IST

    CWG badminton live: Sindhu 11-6 Li in Game 2

    Sindhu absolutely purring now. Li breaks Sindhu's run of points to make it 8-4 but then Sindhu takes two more points before Li wins another. A nice drop shot from Li helps her win a net exchange and the score is 10-6. She then finds the net with an attempted drop shot and Sindhu goes into the interval with a five-point lead. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:26 PM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Sindhu 6-3 Li in Game 2

    Sindhu with an arrow straight smash down the line all the way from the back to take a 3-2 lead. She then contorts her body brilliantly to fend away a body smash that lands just inside the back right corner. Another smash at Li's head lets Sindhu open up a three-point lead

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:20 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG badminton live: SIndhu wins 1st game 21-15!

    Li can't get a net shot away and the first game goes to Sindhu. A clenched fist and a short scream from Sindhu as she makes her way to the side of the court. One game away now from the gold medal. Li not helping her case with unforced errors and that is something she has to cut away completely one feels to get back in this match. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:17 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: Sindhu 19-15 Li in Game 1

    Just as Li starts looking like she is making some progress, Sindhu produces an unreturnable shot to extend her lead. The latest being a body smash that had Li twisting and turning before going down on the court. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:12 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: Sindhu 15-9 Li in Game 1

    Sindhu quick off the blocks after the interval, extending the lead to 13-8. Li then hits a cross smash wide to lose the next rally, which was the longest since the interval at the time. Li finally wins a point with a cross court smash to an empty area at the front of the court to Sindhu's right but then finds the net at the end of a long rally. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:08 PM IST

    CWG badminton live: Sindhu leads 11-8 in Game 1

    Sindhu opens up a two-point gap after getting her judgement right on a lob from Li that was going long. She barks a “C'mon!” after that but then hits one long herself at the end of the next rally. Li then hits an overhead drop into the net and Sindh leads 10-8. A shot to the back court then goes wide and Sindhu leads 11-8 at the interval. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 02:02 PM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Sindhu 5-5 Li in Game 1

    Well she is moving on comparatively better but Sindhu's movements continue to be restricted by whatever her injury is on the left ankle. Li taking full advantage of that by getting the Indian to move as much as possible. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:59 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG badminton live: SIndhu 3-1 Li in Game 1 

    Her left ankle is strapped but Sindhu is moving better than she was yesterday. She has taken a useful two-point lead early on after Li served first. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:53 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: Sindhu and Li walk out! 

    There they are, Sindhu and Li walk out to loud cheers from the crowd, most of which is reserved for the Indian. Both players had bruising semifinal ties , we will see how that affects them. Sindhu had won a bronze in 2014, silver in 2018 and now going for the full set. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:48 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: Mixed doubles medal ceremony concludes

    In case you are wondering why it is taking so long for Sindhu and Li to enter the court, it is because the mixed doubles medal winners are having their much deserved moment of glory. Medals are being flashed around and selfies are being taken as the athlete make their way out of the arena after standing on the podium. It is the first of five medal ceremonies that will take place today. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:40 PM IST

    CWG badminton live: The last time played a CWG singles final

    Sindhu had faced fellow Indian superstar Saina Nehwal in the Gold Coast 2018 women's singles final. She was much higher ranked than Saina by that point and yet, it was the older Indian who ended up winning a gripping two-game match 21-18, 23-21. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:23 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG badminton live: Sindhu set to take court!

    The mixed doubles final has just come to conclusion and the women's singles final is up next on the Show Court. In case you are wondering, Singapore's Terry Hee and Jessica Tan have won the gold medal, beating England's Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis 21-16, 21-15. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 01:13 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: India's badminton medal prospects

    It's not just Sindhu who could win a medal today of course. Lakshya Sen is in the men's singles gold medal match while Kidambi Srikanth is in the men's singles bronze medal match. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are in the men's doubles final as well. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 12:57 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG badminton live: Sindhu's semi-final

    Sindhu had to make full use of her array of technical skills to go past Jia Min Yeo. With that strapped up left foot restricting her movements, Sindhu found it difficult to win points whenever her opponent started dictating the flow of the game. The Indian, however, was moving better as the match progressed, to the point that she was almost moving like her normal self towards the end of the second game. She eventually won the match 21-19, 21-17. 

  • Aug 08, 2022 12:47 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li CWG final live: Head to head

    Sindhu leads the overall head to head stats against Li 8-2 but the Canadian's two victories have come in the last two matches that the pair have played against each other. Sindhu has to break a run here.

  • Aug 08, 2022 12:32 PM IST

    Sindhu vs Li Live: Michelle Li

    Li became the first Canadian to win a CWG gold medal in women's singles badminton in 2014. This year, she got a bye in the round of 64 and a walkover in the round of 32 and so her tournament truly started at the round of 16. She dropped a game for the first time in her epic semi-final clash against Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour yesterday.

  • Aug 08, 2022 12:16 PM IST

    CWG badminton finals live: Sindhu's Achilles' heel 

    No we are not talking about a weakness that the Indian superstar has but rather about her Achilles' tendon, which seemed to be putting her in a world of pain during the semi-final against Jia Min Yeo of Singapore. It was because of her inability to move that Jia managed to push her in both games and still, Sindhu did manage to win in straight games. Wonder how much it will affect the result of today's match though.

  • Aug 08, 2022 12:00 PM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Sindhu's recent form

    Sindhu is yet to win a major tournament in 2022, but is high on the confidence of winning the Singapore Open, the Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open. In world tour events, Sindhu has fallen short, having made it to 10 quarterfinals, 7 semifinals across a total of 13 tournaments. She also won a bronze at the Asia Championships but is yet to win a big one. Today could be the start.

  • Aug 08, 2022 11:55 AM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Sindhu's road to the final

    In the four matches so far at CWG, Sindhu hasn't been made to sweat much barring that one game in the quarterfinal against Malaysia's Jin Wei Goh. In fact, it is the only game of CWG 2022 that Sindhu has dropped so far but she came back to seal a 19-21, 21-14, 21-18 win. Next, in the semifinal yesterday, Sindhu showed her technical class and got the better of Yeo Jia Min 21-19 21-17 of Singapore in a contest that lasted 49-minutes. With two impressive wins, no better time for Sindhu to notch up a hat-trick of wins.

  • Aug 08, 2022 11:46 AM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Head-to-Head record

    Sindhu is currently the world No. 7 while her opponent is ranked 13th. The two have faced each other 10 times in the past, and it is Sindhu who enjoys a fine 8-2 lead over her Canadian opponent. Interestingly, both her defeats have come at the Commonwealth Games - in 2014 at Glasgow. So rest assured, expect Sindhu to do whatever it takes to avoid a third defeat here today and better her overall record against Li.

  • Aug 08, 2022 11:42 AM IST

    PV Sindhu Vs Michelle Li Live Score: Let's roll

    Hello everyone, A very welcome to all our readers. Well, you know why you've clicked on this link. And so do we. It's the day of the all-important women's singles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games 2022, where India's very own PV Sindhu has a chance of winning her first-ever CWG gold medal. Sindhu is a two time Olympic medal winner and a two time CWG medallist as well, but not once has she won a gold at either of the two events. However, given the roll that she has been on, Sindhu might change that trivia today as she faces Canada's Michelle Li, who is ranked six places below her in the BWF rankings. Let's fasten up those seatbelts. The blockbuster match is not too far. 

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