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CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth settles for men's singles silver

15 April 2018, 03:56 | Opal Carroll

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Kidambi Srikanth beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the final of the badminton mixed team event earlier at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on April 9 and the Indian will be looking for a repeat when the two clash again in the men’s singles final

Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei captured his third Commonwealth Games men's singles gold on Sunday (April 15) with a stunning win over world No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi.

And when Srikanth came back from a 0-5 deficit in the opening game to take a 11-9 lead in the first game, the Indian camp must have been hoping to clinch both the singles gold for the first time in the history of the Games. The Indian has already beaten Wei at the CWG- in the final of the mixed team event where India brushed aside the Malaysian challenge to win gold.

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But it was not all smooth sailing for him on Sunday as Srikanth started off confidently.

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Srikanth went some way to justifying his lofty ranking as he raced ahead 21-19 in the first game of the final on Australia's Gold Coast. Two back to back smashes followed by an error from Srikanth took Lee three points up in no time.

Srikanth is the first Indian to reach number one in the world in the men's rankings. The Indian ace was a treat to watch against his fierce rival as he gave a neck-to-neck competition to him while on another hand, the Malaysian crowd present at the game was cheering their player at every point that he scored. India's coach just sat there, unmoved in his chair by the court sidelines as Srikanth dispatched a smash into the net, shut his eyes and winced, nearly as if not wanting to take a second look at his schoolboy error. Straight sets 21-12, 21-12, great! Lee continued to plunder points as will before closing off the game by a comfortable margin to seal the title.

Dressed in bright lemon-colored shorts and a T-shirt, he threw himself, arms and legs sprawled, on the court and then hugged Srikanth at the net.

"It's a very emotional moment because I've been waiting for one good, big victory after that disappointing [second-round] loss at Rio where I had to retire because of my injury and had to go through surgery".

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