India wins historic CWG gold in Badminton mixed team event

RSTV Bureau
Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy prepare to serve against Malaysia's Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon during the Mixed-team doubles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, April 9, 2018.   PTI

Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy prepare to serve against Malaysia’s Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon during the Mixed-team doubles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, April 9, 2018.
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India won historic gold medal in badminton mixed team event at Commonwealth Games defeating three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final on Monday. With the gold in this category, India’s total gold tally now stands at 10.

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. Kidambi Srikanth too stunned three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei 21-17 21-14 in straight games.

Meanwhile, 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.

Nehwal’s victory ensured that the women’s doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini did not have to show up for their clash against Vivian Hoo and Mei Kuan Chow.

(With inputs from PTI)