Commonwealth Games 2022: Ng Tze Yong seals thrilling come-from-behind win to make badminton men's singles final

The Malaysian showed incredible mental fortitude to win a three-game match against India's Kidambi Srikanth at Birmingham 2022.

By Andrew Binner
Picture by EDDIE KEOGH

Ng Tze Yong showed immense mental strength to come-from-behind to beat Kidambi Srikanth 13-21, 21-19, 21-10 and progress to the men's singles badminton final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

It was a tough start in the semi-final for the Malaysian on Sunday (7 August), who looked shell shocked in Birmingham's NEC as 2018 silver medallist Srikanth came flying out of the blocks to take the first game 21-13.

The Indian was clearly intent on avenging his loss to Ng in the mixed team final earlier in the week, which Malaysia won overall.

But, just like his quarter-final victory over Singapore's Loh Kean Yew, Ng showed maturity beyond his 22 years to edge a tight second game and even up the contest.

The third game was another classic, with very little between the two athletes. Ng was able to win the key points, however, to wrap up the match at 2-1.

When first-choice men's singles player Lee Zii Jia pulled out of the Commonwealth Games, Malaysia's hopes for a badminton title seemed to be dashed.

But Ng has stepped up to the plate in style in the West Midlands, and now only a final against Indian second seed Lakshya Sen stands in the way of the Asian powerhouse winning their second gold medal of the competition in the sport.

"I really did not expect this. It's a very big upset, beating the former world No.1, so I hope that I can do my best tomorrow as well," Ng said after.

"My performances in this tournament have been very good – I think it's my best performance at a tournament, ever. I hope it can continue tomorrow.

"If I can win gold, it will be a proud moment for my country, so I will fight for it for my country.”

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How to watch badminton at 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games will be broadcast live in many parts of the world.

UK: BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and BBC website.

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

India: Sony LIV

Singapore: Mediacorp's free-to-air Channel 5, meWATCH, and YouTube.

Malaysia: RTM

Further TV broadcast and digital live streaming details can be found on the Commonwealth Games website here.


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