CWG: Srikanth enters badminton men's singles final


Malaysia's badminton king Lee Chong Wei was pushed all of the way by telephone 1 Kidambi Srikanth but prevailed 19-21 2114 21-14 to draw the curtain back on his own Commonwealth video games career with a third males's gold medal on Sunday.

Malaysian legend Chong Wei, who claimed his third CWG gold on Sunday, dominated at the start and end to defeat the Indian shuttler 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 even though Srikanth, who had earlier beaten the Malaysian in the men's singles clash of mixed doubles, took an early lead.

The men's final of the Commonwealth Games saw Srikanth, the world number one, pitted against Chong Wei, the world number seven.

This content is restricted to site members. "I just forget my age". In one hour and four minutes, the world witnessed an absolute masterclass from a man who locked horns with a player a decade younger to him. "I think I was nearly there today", Srikanth reflected later.

Prannoy did not allow the Malaysian to bounce back and closed the game in mere 16 minutes to square things off. "I started well but I made too many mistakes in my defense". Woman shuttler Saina Nehwal was the first Indian to win this rank (in 2015), but Srikanth is the first man in the computerised-ranking era to take his rightful place as top player. "There are a lot more expectations - the pressure is way more than the other tournaments".

"Much more tough (than 2010) because the pressure is always there when you already have gold, so there is a lot more expectation". "I really put it with my Olympic medal and my world No.1 ranking".

"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".

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. "I won this for the whole Malaysian badminton team".