Monday, 22 Jul 2024

News: Indian Players Upset Higher-Ranked Opponents at DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2021

Day 3 at the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2021 showcased some remarkable performances, with two Indian men’s singles players causing upsets by defeating higher-ranked opponents. Prannoy H. S. and Kidambi Srikanth displayed their skills and determination, leaving badminton fans in awe.

Kidambi Srikanth’s Victory Over Indonesian Idol Jonatan Christie

Kidambi Srikanth’s triumph over Indonesian idol Jonatan Christie was a highlight of the day. After a grueling battle, Srikanth emerged victorious with a scoreline of 13-21, 21-18, 21-15. Srikanth expressed his satisfaction, stating, “I’m just happy to be on the winning side.” He acknowledged Christie’s strong start and dominance on the court but praised his own resilience and ability to secure crucial points when it mattered the most.

Kidambi pushed the match to a decider against home favourite Christie.

Prannoy H. S. Surprises Olympic Champion Viktor Axelsen

In another thrilling match, Prannoy H. S. stunned Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen, winning with a score of 14-21, 21-19, 21-16. Prannoy, who started slowly, fought back in the second game to claim his first-ever victory over the Tokyo 2020 gold medalist. Reflecting on his achievement, Prannoy commented, “I had no expectations coming into this match. I just wanted to play the best I could. That was the only motive against Axelsen. It was a good match, and there are a lot of positives.”

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Kidambi Srikanth and Prannoy H. S. to Face Each Other in Quarterfinals

Kidambi Srikanth’s victory sets up an exciting quarterfinal clash with his compatriot Prannoy H. S. Both players have showcased their skills and determination, making this upcoming match a must-watch for badminton enthusiasts.

The Journey So Far and the Road Ahead

Kidambi Srikanth acknowledged that he had faced some inconsistencies in recent tournaments, with early exits at the YONEX French Open 2021 and VICTOR Denmark Open 2021. However, he expressed optimism about his progress and performance, stating, “I played well at the Swiss Open earlier this year, and I’m starting to see my progress from the Denmark Open.”

Prannoy H. S., too, has shown resilience and determination in his matches. Despite a slow start against Axelsen, Prannoy fought back and secured a remarkable victory. He emphasized the importance of patience, particularly in the third game, where the slower shuttles posed a challenge.


Q: How did Kidambi Srikanth perform in previous tournaments?
A: Kidambi Srikanth faced some early exits in tournaments like the YONEX French Open 2021 and VICTOR Denmark Open 2021. However, he displayed promising performances at the Swiss Open and Denmark Open earlier this year.

Q: Who will Kidambi Srikanth face in the quarterfinals?
A: Kidambi Srikanth will face his compatriot Prannoy H. S. in the quarterfinals, setting the stage for an exciting match between the Indian players.


The DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2021 continues to captivate badminton fans worldwide. Kidambi Srikanth and Prannoy H. S.’s impressive victories against higher-ranked opponents demonstrate their talent, skill, and determination on the court. As the tournament progresses, anticipation builds for their upcoming quarterfinal clash. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for the latest updates and thrilling badminton action.

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