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Srikanth, Gayatri-Treesa win bronze;Sindhu, Sen one step away from gold

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Last updated on: August 08, 2022 01:32 IST
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Kidambi Srikanth

IMAGE: Kidambi Srikanth celebrates his victory in the men's singles - bronze medal match against Singapore’s Jia Heng Teh. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

World championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth and young women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand signed off with bronze medals in the badminton competition of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

Srikanth prevailed over Singapore's world number 87 Jia Heng Teh 21-15, 21-18 to claim a bronze medal to go with the silver that he had won four years ago in Gold Coast.

The Singaporean grimaced in pain after suffering cramps on his left thigh in the second game but still kept fighting till the end.

Srikanth said he was happy to return with a medal after losing the semifinals.

"I came thinking that I can win the gold but it didn't go the way I thought. After winning the first game, I was leading 19-18 (semifinals), probably if I had scored the next point, things would have been different. But yes, I'm happy that at least I was able to win a medal," he said.

"It was such a tough outing. After almost winning the semi-final and losing it from a point to come back and play for a bronze, it's been tough and exhausting. I just wanted to win the medal."

"It's a big event. Nobody wants to give up easily after coming this far, everybody knows one-two points can change the moment. It was about staying focused and score next three-four points. I was not thinking about anything else."

In the following bronze medal playoff, Treesa and Gayatri registered a 21-15 21-18 win over world number 159 Australian pair of Wendy Hsuan-Yu Chen and Gronya Somerville to finish third on the podium in their first major event together as a combination.

Pusarla Sindhu celebrates victory over Singapore's Yeo Jia Min in the semi-finals of the women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

IMAGE: PV Sindhu celebrates victory over Singapore's Yeo Jia Min in the semi-finals of the women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Earlier, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu stayed on course for an elusive gold medal, while Laskhya Sen entered his maiden final at the Commonwealth Games.

Sindhu rode on her technical superiority to outwit Singapore's Yeo Jia Min 21-19, 21-17 in a 49-minute contest to reach her second successive final.

 

In the following match on the show court, Sen, the world number 10, lost his way after a dominating start against 87-ranked Jia Heng Teh of Singapore.

Sen, however, recovered to complete a 21-10, 18-21, 21-16 win in the men's singles semi-finals.

The 20-year-old relies on relentless attack to put his opponent on the backfoot and he was able to do j?ust that in the first game. A couple of forehand smashes on the Singaporean's right helped him take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The momentum shifted towards Jia in the second game as he slowed the pace of the game. A drop shot followed by a backhand winner made it 8-8 before he went into the interval with a 9-11 advantage.

A slew of unforced errors from Sen saw Jia take the next five points to make it 9-16. Sen tried to hang in the game but after the Singaporean took a shoe change break at 15-18, he was able to level the match when the young Indian hit a forehand long.

IMAGE: Lakshya Sen outclassed 87-ranked Jia Heng Teh of Singapore to advance to his maiden singles final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Sen built an 11-7 lead in the decider though Jia made the Indian work hard for every point. The Singaporean was also given a last warning for delay in between points.

Sen got four points and converted the first one with a deft drop shot that set up a backhand winner.

Chirag Shetty

IMAGE: Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty cruised into the final. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty ensured a third gold medal match for India on Monday when they downed Malaysia's Chen Peng Soon and Tian Kian Men 21-6, 21-15 to reach the men's doubles final. The world number 7 duo was too good for the Malaysians.

Indian women's doubles pairing of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichane who lost to the seasoned Malaysian combine of Thinnah Muralitharan and Pearly Koon Le Tan in the semifinals in straight games.

Sindhu, who has a silver and a bronze from the 2018 and 2014 editions, was clearly the better player on display as she kept a firm grip on the match.

Sindhu seemed a bit restricted in her movement with the achilles of her left leg strapped. The Singaporean played some good-looking shots to make it 8-4 early on but she allowed the Indian to draw level.

Sindhu entered the break with a two-point lead after producing a straight drop.

The Indian depended on her technical acumen, producing the right shots at the right time to surge ahead.

Yeo Jia Min was too erratic to put any pressure on Sindhu, who moved to 19-12 with a perfect net shot.

The Singaporean used her cross court slices to trouble the Indian, making her move diagonally to reduce the gap to 16-19. But a forehand return going to the net from her gave Sindhu three game points, and she converted it on the third attempt.

It turned into a seesaw battle in the second game with the two playing some intense rallies, but Sindhu ensured that she had her nose ahead at the interval.

A wide return and one going to the net put Sindhu two points away from the final. Then Yeo going long gave Sindhu five match points. She squandered two before unleashing a pitch-perfect body smash to secure her place in the final.

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