Kidambi Srikanth settles for silver at CWG '18

Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth

World number 1 Kidambi Srikanth had to settle with silver after losing 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in the final of Men's Singles in the Commonwealth Games. Kidambi Srikanth was touted as the heavy favourite to win the match before it commenced, and he cemented his credentials in the first set but Lee Chong Wei roared back and subjugated the Indian completely.

Lee's lackadaisical approach improved considerably thereafter and after leading 11-9 at the interval, he displayed some of the many stylish shots in his armoury to draw level and stay afloat in the high-intensity match, which was as much about elegance as sheer power.

Nehwal, 28, a poster girl of Indian sport, saw off her rival 21-18, 23-21 and said the gold was up there with her London 2012 Olympic bronze and her number one world ranking in 2015. Lee took his chances and outplayed Srikanth with a ruthless display of strength and intelligence. Lee continued to plunder points as will before closing off the game by a comfortable margin to seal the title. 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.

Notably, Srikanth had 4-0 head-to-head record against Chong Wei before the two shuttlers arrived in the Gold Coast city for the ongoing Games. The Malaysian was off to a great start and by the break, he lead Srikanth 11-5.

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. Srikanth tried reducing the deficit but Lee was simply too hot to handle.

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

"Lee Chong Wei, Lee Chong Wei", the arena was roaring as the Malaysian picked up his match point and dropped himself to ground.

His decoration is shown by Gold medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

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