Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Commonwealth Games 2018: Kidambi Srikanth settles with silver in Men's Singles

Commonwealth Games 2018: Kidambi Srikanth settles with silver in Men's Singles

But it was not all smooth sailing for him on Sunday as Srikanth started off confidently. Datuk Seri Najib Razak congratulated Datuk Lee Chong Wei for contributing a gold medal in the men's single final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games today.

Newly-crowned world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth settled for a silver in the men's singles circuit after ace Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei outsmarted the Indian 21-19, 21-14, 21-14 to bag the gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018.

Sindhu and Saina had both won their respective semi-finals to set up a blockbuster all-Indian final in the women's singles category and a gold and a silver medal was already assured for India. Piling errors and allowing the Malaysian a massive 7-1 lead in the decider, Srikanth nearly seemed to have given up.

Srikanth, on Sunday, lost 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 to Chong Wei, failing to follow up his Team Gold with another yellow metal in the singles event. A smash into Lee's body gave Srikanth the lead at 16-15 before the Malaysian drew level yet again with a superb placement. Srikanth, who surpassed Denmark's Viktor Axelsen to become world's number 1 just three days ago, opened his account while Lee had five points to his kitty. That turned out to be the only bit of celebration that Srikanth and his Indian fans among the sell-out crowd will manage on the day. Lee took his chances and outplayed Srikanth with a ruthless display of strength and intelligence.

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He lost 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei to seal India's 19th silver and 65th medal overall in this edition. By the end, it literally seemed Saina was toying with Sindhu in the buildup of the turn around in the second game.

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

But Lee took the lead at 11-9 and fought back some ferocious efforts by the Indian to increase his lead slowly but surely until he took the second game to draw level.

A slight moment of drama came in the second game when it seemed Lee had struck the shuttle twice to claim a point but was not penalised for it and the match went on despite Srikanth's protest. Lee led 18-10 at one point and looked comfortable to the course of victory.

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