Aug 08, 2022 04:56 pm
Lakshya Sen beat Ng Tze Yong 19-21, 21-9, 21-16 in the final to win his first Commonwealth Games gold medal. India's Lakshya Sen won the men's singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Monday.
This is the Indian badminton star’s first CWG gold and his second medal - having earlier won silver in the mixed team event.
It was also India’s second badminton gold of the day after two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu won her first CWG singles gold medal.
Lakshya began the final well, with his angled shots finding their way past Tze Yong. Both players engaged in long rallies but the Indian’s misjudgments at the baseline, coupled with missing a few smashes, lost him some points.
With the game progressing evenly, Tze Yong seemed to have taken a decisive lead at 18-15. Lakshya, though, hit back in fine fashion, with his superior retrieval skills giving him four points in a row, the highlight being a diving shot that outsmarted Tze Yong, who was moving towards the net in anticipation of an easy net point.
The Malaysian then won the next points and at 20-19, the pair played another long rally and as was the case for a lot of points, Lakshya misjudged a baseline shot, giving Tze Yong the opening game.
The second game saw Lakshya pick up his shots earlier and control the tempo of the rallies. Though the game remained competitive till 8-8, the young Indian swiftly began accumulating points with his decisive smashes, winning every point after 11-9 to take the second game and level the match.
The decider saw Lakshya come alive, as he constructed his rallies well and chose his smashes to perfection, to take a four-point cushion at 11-7 at the change of ends.
He never looked back as he steadily maintained his lead and confirmed the gold medal with a cross-court winner from the net.