Srikanth in Denmark Open final

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 22, 2017

Srikanth Kidambi beat reigning World Champion and current World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in three games to reach the semi-finals of the Denmark Open on Friday.

After stunning World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, Srikanth, unlike yesterday, was not really troubled by his opponent, as he negotiated the hard moments in the two games with relative ease.

"This win is a confidence booster for me".

Notably, Srikanth lost the Japan Open quarter-final last month in straight games to eventual champion Axelsen. I took lot of time to get adjusted to the court but I was more patient and curbed my errors.

Earlier, unseeded Saina, who is ranked 12th in the world, went down 10-21, 13-21 in less than half an hour to Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi in the Superseries Premier tournament. Srikanth took a 4-1 lead but Vincent equalised 4-4. I knew I have to be patient with him but I couldn't. The 27-year-old Hong Kong player tried to halt Srikanth's momentum with smashes towards the end of the game but Srikanth returned the smashes easily thus breezing past him to win the second game 21-17. Srikanth grabbed six points on the trot but also committed several unforced errors. "It was one of those when nothing goes right", Prannoy said.

A 2-2 head-to-head record in career meetings - all of which had gone to the decider - meant nothing as Srikanth towered over Wong, showing better control and anticipation in the 39-minute semifinal duel. Prannoy reached doubles figures when his rival sent the shuttle long and followed it up with a net error. The Indian then again grabbed the lead but Vincent hit back, equalising at the nine-point mark. However, the Korean eventually reached the game point when a diving Prannoy failed to retrieve a shot. The Indian extended it to 10-8 before unleashing a body smash to enter the break with three point lead. He needs to maintain the lead to rap up the game quickly. Prannoy bounced back at 16-16 before taking a 18-16 lead to let out a cry to pump himself up. He takes lead in the opening game and builds on it to make it 11-6. The second game was tighter in comparison as the duo exchanged points till the break, at which time Saina narrowly trailed Yamaguchi by one point (10-11).

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