Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah helped Malaysia break its target of six gold medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after winning the women's doubles gold medal on Monday.
The world number 11, who also won a gold medal in the mixed team event, defeated English pair Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith 21-5, 21-8 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
The win continued Malaysia's dominance in the women's doubles as they won five in the last six editions — Indian pair Jwala Gutta-India Ashwini Ponnappa claimed it in 2010 as Malaysia's scratch pairing of Lydia Cheah-Goh Liu Ying were knocked out in the quarter-finals.
In doing so, Tan-Thinaah also ensured the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) met its target of two gold medals.
In earlier finals, India were the big winners with Lakshya Sen (men's singles), P.V. Sindhu (women's singles) and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (men's doubles) emerging victorious, while , while Terry Hee-Jessica Tan (mixed doubles) became Singapore's second-ever gold medallists in an individual competition.
Sen, in particular, came up big to overcome Malaysian shuttler Ng Tze Yong 19-21, 21-9, 21-16.
Stepping in for the absent Lee Zii Jia, 22-year-old Ng exceeded expectations as he knocked out world champion Loh Kean Yew and former world number one Srikanth Kidambi en route to the final.
Besides the gold and silver medals, the Malaysian badminton team also bagged two bronze medals through Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik on Saturday.