Malaysia Crushes India 3-1 To Win Mixed Team Gold At 2022 Commonwealth Games Badminton Finals

Way to go, Team Malaysia!

Malaysia’s badminton squad took sweet revenge on arch-nemesis India by beating them 3-1 to bag the mixed team gold at the finals today.

The winning point was secured by world No. 11 women’s doubles Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah, who soundly defeated Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand 21-18, 21-17 at the National Exhibition Centre.

India was also handed a humiliating loss after World Championships silver medalist K. Srikanth was beaten by Ng Tze Yong 21-19, 8-21, 21-16 in the men’s singles event.

This victory was very much a confidence booster for Tze Yong, who had lost twice to Srikanth earlier this year, which included the Thomas Cup finals in Bangkok back in May where India sailed past Malaysia with a 3-2 score before going on to become champions, reported New Straits Times.

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Only lost one series

Malaysia won the first point thanks to Olympic bronze medalists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who defeated Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 21-18, 21-15 in the men’s doubles.

The only loss came from the women’s singles match, where Goh Jin Wei engaged in a nail-biting match against 2019 world champion P.V. Sindhu.

Jin Wei gave Sindhu a run for her money in the first set after scoring seven straight points from a 18-12 deficit. Unfortunately, she was unable to convert the momentum into a win and lost 22-20, 21-17.

Watch the team members celebrating their win here:

Following their historic win, Pearly took to Instagram to express her gratitude for the immense support from Malaysians.

This is for you, Malaysia. Thank you everyone for staying up so late to support us. Remember to sleep well and rest well. 

Malaysia’s win marks the fourth win in the mixed team event after its previous victories in Melbourne 2006, New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.

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This has also paved the way for Malaysia in achieving its target of winning a total of six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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Cover image via AFP and Twitter/Faizal Azumu