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Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 15:57

Gold medallist Datuk Lee Chong Wei salutes during the Malaysian anthem at the medal ceremony for the men's singles final match at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia April 15, 2018.

With the victory, Chong Wei signs off from his final outing in the Commonwealth Games with an unbeaten record of 13 men's singles victories in three editions.

Sunday's victory was by no means guaranteed awarded his first career loss to Srikanth from the mixed team the other day but Chong Wei drew on all his knowledge, and also the skills that retained him as world number 1 for almost 4 years out of 2008. He has two more mixed team gold medals to his credit.

This content is restricted to site members. However, the Malaysian, who was making his final appearance at Commonwealth Games, did not yield and made tough work of Kidambi in the first set.

Srikanth had replaced the injured Viktor Axelsen at the top of the men's singles world rankings on Thursday.

Lee, now ranked seventh in the world, stormed back in the second to take it 21-14, then stepped up another gear to clinch the decider by the same emphatic score.

Climbing up the ladder, Srikanth went on to reducing the deficit before eventually taking the lead for the first.

Srikanth showed some excellent defensive technique in the second game, but saw himself trailing as the game approached its second break. "This is going to be my last Games and I think winning against the new World No. 1 was a good feeling". 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. By the end of the second game, the scoreline read 21-19, 14-21.

"In one week, I played him two times in finals".

After losing the first game, Chong Wei found his groove and stormed back to win the match 19-21, 21-14, 21-14. Lee was simply all over the court and had answers to everything Srikanth threw at him.