Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth Makes Impressive Third Round Win

It was a challenging match for Kidambi Srikanth at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021, as he battled slow conditions to secure a remarkable victory over Li Shi Feng. Srikanth’s win propelled him to the third round of the tournament, marking a successful morning session for India. Lakshya Sen, Pusarla V. Sindhu, and the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also advanced to the Round of 16.

Kidambi Srikanth, who has experienced ups and downs in form in recent years, approached his win with cautious optimism. Despite the absence of top contenders such as Viktor Axelsen, Kunlavut Vitidsarn, Kento Momota, and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Srikanth maintained a humble mindset. He acknowledged that the competition remained tough, considering his fluctuating fortunes in the past.

The Indian shuttler expressed his happiness and highlighted the consistent performance of his Chinese opponent, who played exceptionally well throughout the match. Srikanth emphasized the importance of winning long matches for building confidence. Notably, despite winning several Superseries titles and having a strong presence in the badminton community, Srikanth is yet to claim a medal at the World Championships.

Srikanth’s recent performances have shown promise, as he displayed patches of good form in recent tournaments. At the YONEX French Open, he engaged in a captivating battle with Kento Momota, narrowly losing in a grueling 79-minute encounter. Additionally, he reached the semifinals of the HYLO Open and the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters.

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Motivated by past experiences, Srikanth approaches each big event with determination and a fresh perspective. He acknowledges his previous injuries but remains committed to pushing hard and rediscovering his best form. Recognizing the progress he has made in the last three months, Srikanth is confident that he is getting better on the court. However, he regards it as an ongoing process and aims for continuous improvement, setting a higher target for himself.

In other highlights from Day 3 of the tournament, Olympic champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin overcame an initial setback to secure a victory over Ruben Jille and Ties Van Der Lecq. Michelle Li, the tenth seed, demonstrated her clinical prowess in a win against Julie Dawall Jakobsen. However, fourth seed Chou Tien Chen suffered defeat at the hands of Lu Guang Zu from China. Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour also triumphed over Yeo Jia Min in a thrilling match.

For more detailed results, please visit the official BWF World Championships website.

FAQs

Q: Has Kidambi Srikanth won a medal at the World Championships?
A: No, Kidambi Srikanth is yet to win a medal at the World Championships despite his success in other tournaments.

Q: Who were the other Indian players to advance to the Round of 16 in the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021?
A: Lakshya Sen, Pusarla V. Sindhu, and the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also made it to the Round of 16.

Summary

In a hard-fought match, Kidambi Srikanth secured an impressive win over Li Shi Feng in the slow conditions of the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021. Srikanth’s victory propelled him to the third round, along with other Indian players who performed well in the morning session. Srikanth remains modest about his chances in the tournament, understanding the challenges posed by the absence of top-ranked players and his own fluctuating form. Despite his past achievements, Srikanth is yet to win a medal at the World Championships, making this year’s tournament an opportunity for him to make a breakthrough. The day’s highlights also included wins by Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin, Michelle Li, and Kirsty Gilmour. Overall, it was an exciting day of badminton at the World Championships.

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