The Indian mixed badminton team won the silver medal after losing against Malaysia in the gold medal match on Tuesday. Kidambi Srikanth was not able to face the challenge and India eventually lost 1-3 to Malaysia. Srikanth lost to Tze Yong Ng in three games to put the defending champions on the backfoot in the summit clash. With this win, Malaysia regained the title they had lost to India in the Gold Coast four years ago.
Speaking to NDTV after winning the silver medal, Sindhu said: “Well, Malaysia was not easy. We were playing the final, so every match was important. I think as a team, everyone played well , I am giving a point to my team, I was happy but unfortunately, we could not make it to gold. Overall, it just depends on the day and it was not our day, I guess. Happy with it , but now it is important to come back stronger and prepare for individuals.”
“I think, now the person starts, it’s very important to focus on that. I’m going to give my 100 percent. I’ll give my best, it’s not going to be easy. I’ll say in the quarter-finals, it will be Malaysia who I am.” Played against a girl, and if I win that, she will be a Singapore girl.”
PV Sindhu did what was expected of her in the women’s singles while the men’s doubles pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in the opening doubles.
For India to retain the gold, much depends on the result of the men’s doubles bout featuring Rankireddy and Shetty, and the pairing of Olympic bronze medalists Teng Fong, Aaron Chia and Wu Yik Soh.
Women’s doubles and mixed doubles were India’s weak link and the team relied on men’s doubles and two singles to get the job done.
Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu was expected to win comfortably but 60th-ranked Goh Jin Wei made life difficult for the world number seven.
with PTI input
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