Saina to take on Sikki for gold in CYG

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Pune, Oct 16 (UNI) Saina Nehwal and Sikki Reddy ensured that the gold and silver medals would fall in the tally of India as both shuttlers registered convincing victories to book a summit clash with each other in the girl's singles event of the badminton competition in the Commonwealth Youth Games here today.

Saina did not have much of a problem defeating her English rival Panuga Riou 2-0 (21-12, 21 10), while Sikki Reddy continued her impressive run in the competition as she bundled Malaysia's Tiffany Chase Currier 2-0 (21-16, 21-9) in just 20 minutes.

In the boy's singles too, India's Aditya Prakash assured himself of a medal when he downed Scotland's Martin Cambell 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) and will face Gurusaidutt, who beat Paul Rietvelde Van of Scotland 2-0 (21-13, 21-12), in the summit clash tomorrow.

The Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Champion, Saina was all at ease as she used her skills well enough and also managed to succeed in out-thinking Panuga.

The English girl was well teased with Saina's smart lobs and barring a couple, the Indian was just perfect with her smash winners.

Saina was spot on with her judgements and let go a few of Panuga's smashes which landed outside the court thereby giving the Indian some easy opportunities to continue her lead.

The Malaysian girl had little to do as Sikki was in her top form and was taking the points in bulk. Her drop shots from the edge of the court were just impeccable.

The Indian had forced her Malaysian counterpart on backfoot mid way through the first game as she collected six consecutive points and thereby putting Tiffany under pressure.

It was a lop-sided second game as Sikki dominated the procedings and collected as many as nine points on a trot to seal the match.

Sikki also made it to the finals of the girl's doubles event final as she and PC Thulasi defeated Jessica Jonggowisastro and Mary O'Connor of New Zealand 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).


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