Kidambi Srikanth and the women's doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand signed off with bronze medals in badminton at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.
Srikanth, a former world number one, prevailed over Singapore's world number 87 Jia Heng Teh 21-15 21-18 to claim a bronze medal to go with the silver that he had won four years ago in Gold Coast.
In the following bronze medal playoff, Treesa and Gayatri registered a 21-15 21-18 win over the world number 159 Australian pair of Wendy Hsuan-Yu Chen and Gronya Somerville to finish third on the podium in their first major event together as a combination.
Srikanth said he was happy to return with a medal after losing the semifinals.
"I came thinking that I can win the gold but it didn't go the way I thought. After winning the first game, I was leading 19-18 (semifinals), probably if I had scored the next point, things would have been different. But yes, I'm happy that at least I was able to win a medal," he noted after the game.
"It was such a tough outing. After almost winning the semi-final and losing it from a point to come back and play for a bronze, it's been tough and exhausting. I just wanted to win the medal. It's a big event. Nobody wants to give up easily after coming this far, everybody knows one-two points can change the moment. It was about staying focused and score next three-four points. I was not thinking about anything else."