Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei

  • Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei

Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth ended his run at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Sunday with a silver medal in the badminton men's singles final.

The Commonwealth Games gold rush, where Srikanth also partook to help win the team medal for India in Australia's Gold Coast, also endorses India's rise in a game that greatly tests physical stamina and skill sets.

His last Commonwealth singles title came at Delhi 2010 after missing the 2014 Glasgow Games with injury.

But he predicted a bright future for Srikanth, who only reached the top ranking on Thursday and beat Lee in the mixed-team final to seal gold for India. He accounted for a litany of unforced errors and committed silly mistakes in his attempt to prevail over Lee for the second time in six days. "It's not mentally", he said. I admire him for his aggressive style of play and when you're playing someone like him you have to be at your best. I would like to thank my coach Gopi Sir for believing in me and my support staff for always taking care of me. I just did too many mistakes and gave him an early lead.

While current form suggested Srikanth was the overwhelming favourite, Chong Wei's huge amount of experience in big matches could not be discounted from the equation.

Lee Chong Wei emerged triumphant in the second set 21-14.

"It's only a few" he shrugged.

Srikanth took lead once again at 19-17 and although Lee drew level with back to back winners, the Indian took three consecutive points to win the first game. The Gold was his third conquest at CWG, the other two coming in 2006 and 2010.

After an exposition of exhilarating badminton matches throughout Saturday morning, the Indian contingent has secured three medals in the bag, with a riveting line up for the 2018 Commonwealth Games finale on Sunday.

There Is Malaysian success from both women'so doubles using Vivian Hoo along with Mei Kuan Chow carrying gold with a 21-12 21-12 victory over England's Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker.