CWG 2022: Kidambi Srikanth falters as India settle for silver in mixed team badminton event | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Kidambi Srikanth came with a disappointing performance as India succumbed 1-3 to Malaysia and settled for a silver medal in the mixed badminton event at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.
Srikanth lost to lower-ranked Tze Yong Ng in three matches to put the defending champions on their backs in the final.
PV Sindhu did what was expected of them in the women’s singles while the men’s pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty fell in the opening doubles.

With this win, Malaysia regained the title they lost to India four years ago in Gold Coast.
For India to retain the gold, much depended on the outcome of the men’s doubles with Rankireddy and Shetty, and the Olympic bronze medal winning duo of Teng Fong Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh.
Women’s doubles and mixed doubles were India’s weakest links and the team relied on men’s doubles and both singles to get the job done.
The opening contest was full of long and twisty rallies, but Reddy and Shetty lost the majority of them, failing to keep pace with the ultra attacking Malaysian pair.

For a change, the Malaysian crowd made more noise than the Indians, providing an extra push for Chia and Soh. After a tough battle, the Malaysians won 21-18, 21-15 to lead their team 1-0
In women’s singles, two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu was expected to win comfortably, but 60th-placed Goh Jin Wei made life very difficult for world number 7.
Sindhu led 11-6 in the opener but Goh looked like a different player after the interval. She raced the former world champion around the pitch with her skillful net game. Goh made a strong comeback to lead the game to the very end.
Sindhu ended a rally with a forehand to the left from Goh to make it 21-20 before the Malaysian scored a comeback.
Goh also continued with similar tactics in the second game, trying to bring Sindhu closer to the net. However, Sindhu was up for the challenge as they took an 11-7 lead in the second game.
Goh closed the gap after the break but Sindhu was able to finish the game comfortably on this occasion. It was a grueling affair and Goh gave her everything on the court, including the last point when she fell to the ground. The final score read 22-20 and 21-17
World number 14 Srikanth put in a flat performance in the men’s singles.
The Indian then ran away with the second game to tie the game.
In the decisive match, Tze led 11-9 at the break after a few unforced errors from the Indian. It became 16-12 with Srikanth unable to match Tze’s clean play.
The Malaysian got his first match point after a long rally that saw Srikanth misjudge a line call at the baseline.
Srikanth sent a smash wide at the next point to give Malaysia a 2-1 lead. It was also Tze’s first victory over the former world number 1 with the final result 21-19, 6-21, 21-16.
The world number 11 duo of Thinaah Muralitharan and Koong Le Pearly Tan were too good for lower-ranked Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly in women’s doubles, winning 21-18, 21-17 to complete the task.

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