CWG 2018: Srikanth settles for men's singles silver

CWG 2018: Srikanth settles for men's singles silver

Moving on to the badminton Men's Singles event, the Final where a Gold Medal is up for grabs as the prize for the victor of this mouth-watering clash, Kidambi will be looking to taste sweet revenge against his opponent Lee Chong Wei.

The win proved sweet for Lee, the three-time Olympic silver medallist, who had won their previous four encounters before falling to Srikanth in the singles match of the mixed team final on Monday.

It is the third gold medal for Chong Wei in the Commonwealth Games edition in the men's single after winning it in 2006 and 2010.

Srikanth, however, ensured that he gave a tough fight to the Malaysian, who has won two mixed team gold medals, before going down badly in the deciding game.

This content is restricted to site members. The newly-crowned numero uno had no trouble in disposing of the Englishman in just 29 minutes.

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.

Srikanth showed some excellent defensive technique in the second game, but saw himself trailing as the game approached its second break.

He raced to a 7-1 lead and then changed ends with a six point advantage at 11-5. The 25-year-old, now in Gold Coast for the Commonwealth games, staggering performance in the Super Series titles also helped him with the rating points, making him a strong contender for the top notch. Kidambi Srikanth tried to make a comeback with a couple of points but he fell short to the incredible grit of the Malaysian.

Lee, now ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score. Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him.

"In one week, I played him two times in finals".

Elated with his performance, Srikanth, on April 12 tweeted, "Absolutely thrilled to be ranked world no 1". The Indian narrowly won the first set 21-19.

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