Kidambi Srikanth bowed out of Denmark Open Super 750 on Friday after a three-game loss to second seed Chou Tien Chen and with that the Indian problem on the match got here to an finish as properly. After Lakshya Sen, Shubhankar Sharma and Ajay Jayaram had been despatched packing within the earlier rounds, Srikanth was the one Indian left within the fray.
On Friday, Srikanth battled with Chou for an hour and two minutes however misplaced 22-20, 13-21, 16-21. Despite a stable first recreation, it had been the errors of the second recreation after which the lack of focus after break within the decider that price the Indian.
Srikanth and Chou each displayed a well-stitched all-court play within the first recreation and stayed neck-and-neck all through. Chou had a slender 11-10 lead on the break and went 17-15 up however Srikanth fought again to get three straight factors to go up 18-17.
Chou then went up 19-18 and let loose an enormous scream however Srikanth, at this level, determined to go on all-out assault and equalised at 19-19. Srikanth additionally saved a recreation level, displaying his improved backhand after which, with an attacking show the place he stood on the entrance foot all through, took the primary recreation 22-20.
The second recreation began in the identical vein with each shuttlers making one another run all throughout the court docket. The story of the match remained the identical the place whoever took the primary initiative within the rally gained the purpose ultimately.
With Chou 8-7 up, Srikanth displayed gorgeous defence making Chou play so many extra shuttles than the Taiwanese would have anticipated. However, with a smash down the road, he ultimately gained the purpose.
Srikanth made a callous internet shot straight outdoors the backline to offer Chou a 3-point lead however confirmed some lovely play on the internet within the subsequent rally to make it 8-10. He earned the following level with a smash down the road however made a internet error subsequent and Chou went into the break with an 11-9 benefit.
Srikanth received the primary level after the break with a smash on Chou’s forehand. However, Chou took the assault within the subsequent level and Srikanth despatched the shuttle vast. Chou then made it two factors in a row as Srikanth despatched the shuttle vast once more.
He then made an error with the backhand smash as Chou went up 14-10. Errors began coming thick and quick from Srikanth’s racquet as Chou went up 16-10 and the Indian wanted some luck on the internet to achieve 11 factors.
In no time, Chou ran away with the second recreation 21-13 with Srikanth dropping full management of the proceedings and making easy errors.
Chou received the primary two factors of the deciding recreation after Srikanth first made a judgement error after which sprayed the shuttle vast. He, nevertheless, then equalised at 2-2.
Chou then pulled away to a 7-Three lead with some attacking play. Srikanth was thereafter capable of cut back the hole earlier than Chou introduced took an 11-7 lead into the break.
Even after the break, Chou continued his surge to go up 14-7. Srikanth continued to struggle with a few factors however that hardly troubled Chou who ran off to an 18-9 lead.
Chou had a 19-11 lead however Srikanth fought his means again by making Chou run across the court docket and discovering the gaps to make it 15-19. However, Chou received to recreation level after which gave away only one level earlier than taking the decider 21-16 with an enormous roar.