GOLD COAST: An exhausted mind, a bruised body and an unsavoury controversy — Saina Nehwal had to contend with quite a bit ahead of and during the Commonwealth Games.
Little wonder then that she placed her singles gold in the event right up there with the trail-blazing Olympic bronze of 2012.
“I really term it as next to my Olympic medal and my world No.1 ranking. So I would keep it somewhere there. It’s a gift to my father and my mother, my country. It’s a very emotional moment for me after the disappointing loss in Rio due to injury,” second seed Saina said after a straight-game but draining victory over top seed and compatriot P V Sindhu in the final here.