The legendary but on the wane Lee Chong Wei was one of the casualties as a rampaging Indian mixed badminton team claimed its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final here 09 April 2018.
The pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa claimed the mixed doubles match against Peng Soon Chan and Liu Yong Goh 21-14 15-21 21-15, before Kidambi Srikanth stunned three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee 21-17 21-14 in straight games, his first victory over the Malaysian giant.
Mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Rankireddy opened the proceedings for India and raced to a quick 8-4 lead. The Malaysians narrowed it to 7-9 in no time showing better adeptness in attacking the net. But the Indians managed to stay ahead at 11-7 owing to their rivals’ poor shot placement from the baseline.
The Games debutant men’s doubles pair of Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to Goh and Wee Kiong Tan 15–21, 20–22 to keep Malaysia afloat for a while. But the in-form Saina Nehwal put paid to the Malaysian hopes with a 21–11, 19–21, 21–9 win over Soniia Cheah in the women’s singles match.