Indian star Kidambi Srikanth had to remain satisfied with the silver medal after losing to an inspired Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the men's singles badminton final at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Sunday. Despite the silver, the Indian shuttler had several positives to take from the sporting extravaganza with his gold-winning performance against the Malaysian in the team event being the highlight.
The 35-year-old veteran beat the Indian, who is 10 years his junior, 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 at the Carrara Sports Hall.
Chong Wei has won all four of his BWF matches against Srikanth, but it tells you little of how close and how clashes between these two can go.
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Recently crowned Worlds' No.1 badminton player, Kidambi Srikanth is all set to take the stage against two-time CWG Champion, Lee Chong Wei.
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.
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.
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"After this year finishes I will see in the second year and if I can keep fit, I will play in Tokyo 2020". Lee took his chances and outplayed Srikanth with a ruthless display of strength and intelligence.
The third and the final game was all about Lee Chong Wei's absolute brilliance. Straight sets 21-12, 21-12, great! Trying as he might, Srikanth did everything to launch a comeback, but such was Lee's brilliance that he was restricted to 14 points. Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him.
Lee Chong Wei spoke of the Commonwealth Games with finality and the 2020 Olympic Games with a tentative shake of the head.
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"It's a very emotional moment because I've been waiting for one good, big victory after that disappointing [second-round] loss at Rio where I had to retire because of my injury and had to go through surgery".