Tze Yong stands proud with silver despite losing to Lakshya


National singles player Ng Tze Yong in action against India's Lakshya Sen in the badminton final during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games at the National Exhibition Center on Monday. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Men's singles Ng Tze Yong's giantkilling run in the Commonwealth Games came to an end when the Malaysian shuttler was beaten in three games by Lakshya Sen of India on Monday (August 8).

Tze Yong did not make life easy for Lakshya, the top seed, as he fought till the end before settling for silver after a 19-21, 21-9, 21-16 defeat in the final.

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Having beaten world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore and world championships runner-up K. Srikanth of India, en route to the final, Tze Yong had started positively in the opening game at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

However, the more experienced Lakshya came back strongly after losing the first game to make make it a double for India in the singles.

P.V. Sindhu won the women's singles gold after beating Michelle Li of Canada 21-15, 21-13 in the final.

On Sunday, Malaysia won two bronze medals through Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.

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In the third-place playoffs, Aaron-Wooi Yik defeated teammates Chan Peng Soon-Tan Kian Meng 21-19, 11-21, 21-11 while Kian Meng-Pei Jing beat Adam Hall-Julie Macpherson of Scotland 21-15, 21-17

Elsewhere, Malaysia secured a bronze medal at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre where Rachel Arnold-Aifa Azman clinched bronze in the women's doubles squash.

Rachel-Aifa defeated Chan Yiwen-Ainaa Amani Ampandi 11-3, 11-9 in the bronze medal playoff on Monday.

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