BWF World Championship: Srikanth confirms medal, Sindhu loses quarter-finals

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BWF World Championship: kidambi srikant secures medal, pv sindhu loses quarterfinals

Reflexes

  • Sindhu dropped out of the tournament after losing straight sets to Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals.
  • Srikanth won the quarterfinals 21-8 21-7 in just 26 minutes over Mark Kalzou of the Netherlands.
  • Srikanth will be the third Indian player to win a medal at the World Championship.

Indian player Kidambi Srikanth made a commanding performance to seal her maiden medal at the BWF Badminton World Championships by entering the men’s singles semi-finals, but defending champion PV Sindhu surpassed world number one Tai Tzu of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals here on Friday. Lost in direct games with Ying.

Former No. 1 and 12th seed Srikanth won the quarterfinals 21-8 21-7 in just 26 minutes over Mark Kalzou of the Netherlands. The 28-year-old will be the third Indian player to win a World Championship medal. Before him, the great players Prakash Padukone (bronze medal in 1983) and B Sai Praneeth (bronze medal in 2019) won medals.

Sindhu has won five medals at the World Championships, while Saina Nehwal has two medals to her name. The women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also won bronze in 2011. World No. 14 Srikanth led 11-5 in the first game and after the break led 14-8 to win the game with seven consecutive points .

The second game was no different with Srikkanth completely outscoring his opponent. He scored seven consecutive points after scoring 4-3. Then after 17-7, he won the match by winning four consecutive points. In women’s singles, top seed Tai Tzu broke Sindhu’s dream of retaining the title by winning the quarterfinals 21-17, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

Sindhu, the world’s number seven player and two Olympic medalist, won the title in 2019 and the tournament could not be held in 2020 due to the Corona epidemic. Sindhu had defeated Tai Tzu in this tournament in 2019, but lost to her in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. Before this match, his win-loss record against Tai Tzu was 14-5.

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The Indian found it difficult to match Tai Tzu’s agility, coverage of the court and direct shots, which he has done many times in the past, although Sindhu achieved excellent cross shots on the court. Sindhu made many innocuous mistakes during the match. It was tied in the second game but lost later.

Tai Tzu thus avenged his loss to Sindhu on the same stage at the 2019 World Championship. Both players are friends off the pitch. The two were initially tied 2-2 in the first game, but Tai Tzu quickly took an 11-6 lead.

Sindhu made the difference from 16-18 to 17-19 after the break with some brilliant cross shots. But this Indian couldn’t keep up the momentum and after hitting two wide shots he lost the first game in 17 minutes. The second game was close, but then a Sindhu error by Tai Tzu took the lead 11-8 until the break.

But Tai Tzu had no answer for two big shots and now Sindhu narrowed the gap to just one point which became 10-11. Tai Tzu won the next issue. Sindhu then did a cross smash to make the score 11-12. The Chinese Taipei player hit a wide shot that made it 12-12. Tai Tzu put the next three points on his account, but then hit the net. Sindhu was trailing 13-16 after a failed line call challenge.

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The Indian threw the next two shots into the net and was unable to reach her opponent’s drop shot, leaving her 13-18 five points behind. Sindhu continued to make an awkward mistake, taking the first deflected shot and missing a blow from Tai Tzu to lose the match. Now Tai Tzu will face the winner of the match between Hee Bingjao and Han Yue.

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