New Delhi: Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen scripted history on Monday as he won gold in men’s singles at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022. World number 10 Sen, who made his CWG debut this year, defeated Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong 19-21 21-9 21-16 in the final.
20-year-old Sen had entered the final after beating Singapore’s Jia Heng Teh in his semi-final match.
Earlier in the day, India’s badminton star PV Sindhu won her maiden gold following a straight-game win over Canada’s Michelle Li in the final in Birmingham. The world number seven from India outplayed her 13th ranked opponent 21-15 , 21-13.
On Monday, Sen trailed for majority of the first game but stayed close to the Malaysian who had accounted for world champion Yew Kean Loh and Kidambi Srikanth in his previous two matches. Sen made it 19-18 from 16-19 before Yong produced back-to-back forehand winners to gain a game point. Sen misjudged a baseline call after a gruelling rally to hand the advantage to Yong.
The second game was one-way traffic after Sen led 11-9 at the interval. The Indian took 12 points in a row post the break to level the final. Yong made a slew of unforced errors and it seemed he wanted to preserve energy for the third game.
Sen was at his attacking best in the decider and led until the end. Yong tried his best to mount a comeback but Sen was unstoppable. He converted his first match point following a long rally, leading to a frenzied celebration that saw him throw his racket into the stands.
(With PTI inputs)