CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth settles for Silver after tense final vs Lee Chong Wei

first_imgKidambi Srikanth settled for silver after losing to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday.Srikanth, who became the world No.1 on Thursday, had a brilliant week at Gold Coast but could not get over the line against the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.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.With Srikanth’s medal, India’s tally has reached a total of 65 medals (26 Gold, 19 Silver and 20 Bronze).CWG 2018 DAY 11 BLOGMEDALS TALLYSrikanth had earlier defeated Chong Wei in the crucial men’s singles final of India’s mixed team gold medal match against Malaysia, which India went on to win. Lee Chong Wei is now a three-time Commonwealth Games champion. (Photo: AP)In the overall head-to-head record, Srikanth now trails Chong Wei 1-5. Before the 2018 CWG, Srikanth and Chong Wei had last met in 2015 Sudirman Cup, where the Indian fell to the Malaysian legend in just two games.Srikanth’s strategy against Chong Wei was to keep the rallies short and find the lines with his strength being the smashes. On the other hand, Chong Wei strength lay in his exceptional court coverage.CWG 2018 FULL COVERAGESrikanth, who has repeatedly troubled his opponents with hard cross-court smashes in this CWG, was unable to execute the same to perfection against Chong Wei.Even though Srikanth edged out Chong Wei in the first game despite a slow start, Chong Wei upped his ante in the second game and began controlling his proceedings.advertisementWith Chong Wei returning a lot of shuttles, frustration began to creep in for Srikanth and he started making a lot of errors while trying to hit the lines.Chong Wei, who is known for his court coverage, kept relying on his staunch defence and looked for his moments to attack and when he got those opportunities, he punished the Indian.With Chong Wei coming at the net and Srikanth struggling to pick his attacking strokes, the Malaysian took the secons game.In the final game, the Malaysian win almost looked inevitable as Chong Wei harrowed Srikanth with his booming smashes and brilliant defence.Srikanth tried to keep the match alive for a long time but failed to break Chong Wei’s momentum and determination and settled for the Silver.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal won India a Gold in the women’s singles category while PV Sindhu claimed a silver after losing in the final.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.It was set to be a fierce battle for Gold and the match did not disappoint. With both Sindhu and Saina putting their all to get their hands on the yellow metal, the match was extremely exiting and Saina took the match 21-18, 23-21 in 58 minutes.Later in the day, the young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be competing in the men’s doubles gold medal match against England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.last_img read more