Kidambi Srikanth wins marathon match as PV Sindhu conquers Indonesian Fitriani in BWF Badminton World Championship
As the BWF Badminton World Championship proceeds into its pre knockout stages, new challenges approach Indian shuttlers. One such challenge was faced by ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, when he clashed against Pablo Abian of Spain.
Srikanth vs Pablo
Although unseeded, the Spanish youngster put up a great fight and made Srikanth fight for every single point. After winning the first match 21-15, Srikanth suddenly lost touch and gave away the second match 12–21 to Abian. Determined to take back his lead, Srikanth maintained a high level of focus and managed to block every advance the Spaniard made, eventually winning the match 21-14.
Sindhu weaves her magic
While the game played by Srikanth was a long drawn out challenge, the match between PV Sindhu and Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia was a short and crisp affair. Right from the beginning of the match, premier shuttler PV Sindhu sought to assert her dominance on the 19 year old unseeded Indonesian. Although the match started with both of them scoring an equal amount of points, Sindhu soon shifted to top gear and extended her lead, eventually finishing off the match in 16 minutes with a decisive 21-14 win. Flustered by this early loss, Fitriani lost her momentum in the second match and after losing a series of points, finally gave up the fight and lost 21-9. PV Sindhu now finds herself in the third round of the BWF Badminton World Championship, and will hope to break her own records by winning the elusive gold medal.
Unfortunately, apart from these select top shuttlers, India’s campaign at the BWF Badminton World Championship is not going that great. While India tasted success in the mixed doubles matches, both the teams of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy in the women’s and Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in the men’s doubles found it difficult to cross the line as they crashed out of the championship. Even HS Prannoy, a promising player who has been on the rise has crashed out following a defeat from unseeded Brazilian Ygor Coelho.
We certainly hope that the few shuttlers left in the BWF Badminton World Championship go further and bring the nation and themselves glory.