Kidambi Srikanth suffered a crushing defeat, India won the silver medal in mixed team badminton

The Indian contingent reached Birmingham as defending champions in three categories, but managed to retain the gold medal in only one. The Indian women’s table tennis team had earlier failed to defend their title as they lost to Malaysia in the quarter-finals, making the men’s TT team the only team to retain the gold medal won at Gold Coast in 2018.

Ironically, India had defeated Malaysia by a margin of 3-1 four years ago.

This time around, the Malaysians pulled the plug on their more famous opponents, who were certainly the better team on paper. There was more revenge on the day Singapore beat hosts England to avenge their loss at the same stage four years earlier, winning a bronze medal.

In the 2018 final, the Indian team defeated Malaysia 3-1. On Tuesday, Sindhu defeated Jin Wai Goh in the women’s singles after losing 21-18, 21-15 to Satavakasairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty to Teng Gang Aaron Chia and Wu Yik Son by the same margin.

Sindhu beat Jin Wei Goh 22-20, 21-17 in women’s singles to level the score and beat the challenge of Malaysians. The first game was tough as the Malaysian put up a good fight but in the second, Sindhu was completely in control for the win.

The biggest disappointment for India, which virtually sealed their fate, was the defeat that Kidambi Srikanth suffered at the hands of Ng Tze Yong, who is ranked 44th in the world compared to Srikanth’s 13th.

The Indians chose Srikanth over the highly ranked Lakshya Sen, thinking that the veteran’s experience would help him get better than the Malaysian rival.

With Malaysia leading 2-1, India’s hopes rested on the young doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who lost 21-18, 2-17 to the experienced Malaysian pair of Kung Le Perly Tan and Thinan Muralitharan and the country The hopes of victory were dashed. Sleep

The Danish doubles coach of the Indian team, Mathias Bo, felt that his team made several mistakes at crucial times, while the Malaysian team was better on that day. “They executed their plans well, while my players made mistakes at crucial times. The men’s doubles match was 50-50 and we had to win that.

“We were expecting that Sindhu and Srikanth would win their respective matches. But it did not happen. Srikanth lost unexpectedly. I will not blame Tresa and Gayatri because they tried their best, I am happy with them, gained experience They will get better with doing that,” he said.

Boye said he hopes his players will analyze their game and learn from the mistakes they made to come back stronger to win more medals in individual competitions.

In individual competitions, both PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will be strong contenders for the title, and though Sindhu looked in fine form on Tuesday, Srikanth will have to gear up to retain the silver medal he won four years ago. , Srikanth entered the tournament without playing a match in recent events and will have to recharge his battery soon to help India clinch a gold medal in men’s singles.

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