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BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth Enters Historic Final, Assured Of At Least Silver; Lakshya Sen Takes Home Bronze

Kidambi Srikanth etched his identify within the historical past books by turning into the primary Indian man to achieve the finals of the BWF World Badminton Championships with a come-from-behind win over compatriot Lakshya Sen on Saturday. In a historic all-Indian males’s singles semifinal, it was the 28-year-old Srikanth who had the final snort as he noticed off Sen 17-21 21-14 21-17 in an exciting contest that lasted an hour and 9 minutes.

While former world primary Srikanth has now given himself an actual likelihood of successful the highest prize, Sen signed off with a maiden bronze, becoming a member of the legendary Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983) and B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019) because the Indian medal winners on the showpiece.

India’s P V Sindhu has gained two silvers, moreover two bronze and the coveted gold in 2019, whereas the ladies’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had additionally gained a bronze, in 2011.

Also, Saina Nehwal has a silver and a bronze to her identify within the marquee occasion.

It was an enormous second not just for Indian badminton but in addition for world No. 14 Srikanth, who had endured accidents and a lack of kind which noticed him miss the Tokyo Olympics this yr, since successful 4 Super Series titles in 2017.

The two engaged in some thrilling rallies with Srikanth being a step forward initially however Lakshya managed to claw again at 4-Four after which at 6-6 with some excellent photographs.

The 20-year-old grabbed the lead at 8-7 with Srikanth going extensive however he quickly drew parity with a cross-court smash.

Srikanth conceded two factors with two nervous trying photographs as Lakshya grabbed a three-point benefit on the break with a exact return on the backline.

Srikanth’s aggressive strokes had been negated by his extensive returns as Lakshya maintained his three-point lead after the interval.

The two performed some unimaginable rallies with Srikanth making a couple of excellent retrievals to make it 16-16 however he rushed right into a internet shot after which hit extensive and lengthy as Lakshya once more went into the lead at 19-17.

Srikanth’s one other return going extensive gave Lakshya three match factors and he pocketed the opening recreation.

The two continued to play at a panoramic tempo after the change of sides with Srikanth paying the value for his unforced errors.

Lakhsya was merely sensational as he made some astonishing saves and likewise dished out a decent internet recreation to maneuver to a 8-Four lead.

The skilled Srikanth stored his calm and reeled off six of the following seven factors. He gained a protracted rally after which unleashed two smashes and pushed the shuttle again to degree the scores at 9-9. Another straight down the road smash gave Srikanth a two-point benefit on the mid-game interval.

At 13-10, Srikanth despatched the shuttle lengthy twice to permit Lakshya slender the hole. Lakshya erred along with his size and likewise conceded a degree on the internet, whereas Srikanth unleashed a smash to maneuver to 16-12.

Lakshya gained the following two factors however Srikanth outwitted his compatriot in one other excruciating rally. Lakshya then dedicated too many unforced errors at hand over six recreation factors to Srikanth, who roared again into the competition with one other cross-court smash.

Srikanth began the decider with a pleasant drop shot after which dominated one other fast-paced rally however a couple of errors allowed Lakshya to make it 4-4.

The duo moved neck-and-neck to 7-7 earlier than Srikanth despatched the shuttle extensive after a 43-shot rally.

Another extensive shot from Srikanth, and Lakshya moved to a three-point benefit on the mid-game interval with a smash.

Srikanth used his angled returns to hassle his youthful rival, making it 10-11 after the break. Lakshya, nonetheless, once more managed to open up a three-point lead along with his nice defence and an attacking return.

Srikanth claimed two essential factors after which Lakshya dedicated a uncommon unforced errors and allowed his senior opponent to make it 13-13.

Srikanth grabbed a slender 16-15 lead after successful one other energy-sapping rally earlier than making it 19-16 with a cross-court smash.


A drained Srikanth missed the road subsequent however Lakshya’s misleading shot then missed its mark at hand three match factors to Srikanth, who sealed it with a physique return, which Lakshya despatched to the online.

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