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.
With the victory, Chong Wei signs off from his final outing in the Commonwealth Games with an unbeaten record of 13 men's singles victories in three editions. In the second half, the Malaysian, who had bagged the gold in men's singles and mixed team events in Melbourne 2006 and New Delhi 2010, used his decade-long experience to outsmart Srikanth and take the summit clash to a thrilling decider.
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On his match against Kidambi in the team event, he added: "I lost to him in the mixed team event and I wanted to come back in the individual event". Srikanth, who plays in a fiercely competitive era with a crowded calendar, had a phenomenal 2017 when he won four Super Series titles, but couldn't get the top ranking due to skipping events from injury.
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Lee was in complete form after the mid-game break in the second game as he sent smashes out of Srikanth's reach to win points in the high-intensity match.
In the first game, the World No 7 took a quick 5-0 lead with a string of body smashes before Srikanth caught up with his speed and powerful game to go 11-9 at the halfway mark.
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 on a completely different level in the next game.
Climbing up the ladder, Srikanth went on to reducing the deficit before eventually taking the lead for the first. The Indian narrowly won the first set 21-19. Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him. I admire him for his aggressive style of play and when you're playing someone like him you have to be at your best.