The lads’s desk tennis crew efficiently defended their Commonwealth Video games title in Birmingham nevertheless it was not meant to be for the blended crew badminton crew from India as they have been dethroned as champions by a spirited Malaysian crew on Tuesday, August 2.
Malaysia gained their 4th Commonwealth Video games blended crew badminton crown after beating India 3-1 within the gold medal match in Birmingham.
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Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was at her finest, serving to India bounce again from the lads’s doubles defeat with a strong displaying within the girls’s singles match towards Goh Jin Wei, the World No. 60, beating her in straight video games after surviving a scare within the first recreation.
Nevertheless, former World No. 1 and member of India’s Thomas Cup-winning crew, Kidambi Srikanth, suffered a shock defeat to World No. 42 Ng Tze Yong. The 22-year-old Malaysian stepped up within the absence of former All England champion and World No. 5 Lee Zii Jia, who had pulled out of the Video games in Birmingham because of workload administration.
India didn’t subject their highest-ranked males’s singles participant, Lakshya Sen within the line-up for the gold medal match. Lakshya did the job for India within the semi-final, beating reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew within the males’s singles tie towards Singapore.
Srikanth misplaced the opening recreation 21-19 towards Ng Tze Yong, who was taking part in as a person possessed. The younger Malaysian flaunted his pace and aggression as Srikanth was greatly surprised.
Nevertheless, the Indian, who gained the world championships silver medal in 2021 in Huelva, shortly recovered to degree the lads’s singles match. Srikanth gained 12 of the final 13 factors within the 2nd recreation and seemed like he would breeze previous the Malaysian.
Nevertheless, the decider was Yong’s time to bounce again and he did so in type, taking the match 21-19, 6-21, 21-16 to offer Malaysia an enormous 2-1 lead.
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Sindhu, who did her job to perfection, additionally doubled because the cheerleader as Srikanth’s teammates have been cheering him on from the sidelines. Nevertheless, all of the motivation was not sufficient for the previous World No. 1 who misplaced what proved to be a decisive match.
It was disappointing to see Srikanth go down within the males’s singles tie of the Commonwealth Video games blended crew last, 4 years after he defeated Malaysian nice Lee Chong Wei within the last.
World No. 7 doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty discovered the going robust towards higher-ranked Aron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia because the Indian pair misplaced the primary match of the tie in straight video games.
Satwik and Chirag gave it their all nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient because the Malaysian pair gave their crew a 1-0 lead after a 21-18, 21-15 win.
GAYATRI, JOLLY’S BRAVE FIGHT NOT ENOUGH
The onus to convey the tie again on degree phrases fell on younger Gayatri Gopichand and Jolly Treesa. The Indian girls’s doubles pair, which had reached the All England semi-final earlier this yr, got here up with a valiant present however World No 11 Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan resisted the cost and gave Malaysia the profitable second with a straight-game win within the 4th match of the tie.
Pearly suffered an harm scare on the finish of the second recreation however the Malaysians held their composure to win the match 21-17, 21-18.
India’s Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa did not get a chance to return collectively as Malaysia, which had gained the title between 2006 and 2014, champions Malaysia regained their crown in blended crew badminton on the Commonwealth Video games.
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