Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Badminton great Lee eyes 2020 after Commonwealth hat-trick

Badminton great Lee eyes 2020 after Commonwealth hat-trick

Srikanth, who became the world No.1 on Thursday, had a brilliant week at Gold Coast but could not get over the line against the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Srikanth should take confidence from the win in what will be one of the biggest matches of his career.

Sunday's victory was by no means guaranteed given his first career loss to Srikanth in the mixed team final last week but Chong Wei drew on all his experience, and the skills that kept him as world number one for almost four years from 2008.

His gold medal tally is taken by his victory on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games for example team names in 2010 and 2006, to five.

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Kidambi said he'd be a better player for the experience of his first Commonwealth Games.

In the decider, Saina gathered herself to surge ahead with a 7-2 lead before Kirsty reduced the deficit to trail 7-11 midway. To Srikanth's credit, he made the most of his fancied opponent's lack of intensity and took the first game 21-19 in the 25 minutes. In a close fought encounter, both Kidambi and Lee were breathing heavily on the neck of each other, hardly allowing an inch of space to gather points.

The second set was full of drama and more high-octane action where Lee scored some vital points while Kidambi looked unhappy with course that the match was taking. By the time, it seemed like Srikanth started losing the momentum and this is when Lee picked up pace. "I gave him that early lead which I should have avoided". Trying as he might, Srikanth did everything to launch a comeback, but such was Lee's brilliance that he was restricted to 14 points.

Dato' Lee Chong Wei is a Malaysian professional badminton player. But the Indian walked into the second game with a 9-3 lead before extending it further to 14-5.

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While Srikanth registered an easy 21-10, 21-17 straight games victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph, Malaysia's Lee Chong overcame World No.11 Indian H.S. Prannoy 21-16, 9-21, 21-14 in their respective semi-final matches.

The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game.

Elated with his performance, Srikanth, on April 12 tweeted, "Absolutely thrilled to be ranked world no 1". Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him.

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