Chong Wei To Do Battle With Srikanth In Final

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2018

Nothing seemed to be right for Srikanth in the final set of the match as Chong Wei danced his way along to take a 7-1 lead.

Without burden on his shoulders to deliver, the World No 7 is playing with no pressure and enjoying his final outing.

Srikanth, who had defeated Lee 21-17, 21-14 in 43 minutes during India's mixed team gold win over Malaysia ealier in the tournament, couldn't repeat the feat as the Malaysian had answers to everything Srikanth was smashing at him.

Kidambi Srikanth was well and truly outplayed in the last two games as Lee Chong Wei turned back the years to beat his much-younger compatriot to win his third Commonwealth Games men's singles gold in Glasgow on Sunday.

Srikanth had replaced the injured Viktor Axelsen at the top of the men's singles world rankings on Thursday.

Notably, Srikanth had 4-0 head-to-head record against Chong Wei before the two shuttlers arrived in the Gold Coast city for the ongoing Games. Srikanth, who plays in a fiercely competitive era with a crowded calendar, had a phenomenal 2017 when he won four Super Series titles, but couldn't get the top ranking due to skipping events from injury.

"It will be my last match at the games and I want to win it (gold medal)", said a jovial Chong Wei.

"I will review that game and will be prepared for the final".

In the semi-finals, Chong Wei was sacked up for revenge after losing twice to Prannoy, who may have irked Chong Wei with his celebratory gestures whenever he won a point. The newly-crowned numero uno had no trouble in disposing of the Englishman in just 29 minutes. However, I told myself the regroup for the decider when he was too far ahead.

"I just came out and I forgot the team event and just focused".

"I used up all my energy and psyched myself as I did not want to lose today".

With a wealth of experience behind him, the three-time Olympic silver medalist will start the gold medal match as favorite but he has to be at his best to fend away the threat from the in-form Indian shuttler.

However, Srikanth faces an uphill task against Chong Wei, who will be looking to end his final Commonwealth Games campaign with a gold medal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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