Indian shuttlers put up a splendid performance yet again in the finals of the Commonwealth Games 2018 to secure their first-ever Gold medal at the Games. The victory over Malaysia gave India their 10th Gold medal at the Games and the team has a certain Saina Nehwal to thank for holding her nerves.
After entering the final without breaking a sweat throughout the tournament, the Indian mixed event team faced their first real competition in the summit clash in the form of Malaysia, who was believed to upset the apple cart.
The match started with the mixed doubles match between India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and Malaysia’s Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh, in which the Indian pair asserted their dominance from the beginning to take win the game 21-15, but the Malaysian pair provided a strong challenge to the Indian duo’s hegemony in the tournament by levelling the match with a 21-15 win in the second game and forced the game into the decider. However, the duo of Rankireddy and Ponnappa didn’t put their feet off the pedal in the decider to give India a 1-0 lead in the tie.
The win gave India slight edge in the tie, but the following match was supposed to be the biggest of them all as world badminton’s two pin-up star - Lee Chong Wei and Kidambi Srikanth - locked horns. While the world was waiting to see a
A win in the third match would have sealed the tie for the Indian team, in which the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty squared off with V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan, the Malaysian pair, who hardly had to worry about their opponents in the tournament. The Indian pair seemed too easy for them in the first game as the duo secured a 21-15 win in the first game. Though Rankireddy and Shetty managed to put them in a difficult situation by saving two match points, they eventually went down to the experienced pair 22-20, which made the game wide open for the Malaysians.
But, with Saina Nehwal fighting with
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