India’s badminton team scripted history as they claimed their first gold medal in the mixed-team event, defeating Malaysia 3-1 in final. Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal led a long, intense battle against Soniia Cheah to give India the top medal.
The 2010 CWG champion defeated Malaysian badminton player Soniia Cheah 21-11 in the first game but the Malaysian returned 19-21 in the second game to keep herself alive in the competition. However, in the final game, it looked neck-and-neck till 9-9, but later Saina kept her nerves to win consecutive points and eventually defeating the Malaysian 21-9.
India’s gold-medal campaign started with the pair of Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwik Rankireddy taking down Peng Soon Chan and Liu Yong Goh in the mixed doubles category. Ashwini-Satwik gave India 1-0 lead and an early motivation after beating Malaysia 21-14, 15-21, 21-15. Kidambi Srikanth came next to gift India another win as he defeated Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei 21-17, 21-14 in front of a very energetic crowd that came in large numbers to support India.
Congratulations to the Indian Badminton team for winning the Mixed Team Badminton finals!