Singapore: India’s rising shuttler Kidambi Srikanth went down in the singles semi-finals but not before giving a tough fight to Malaysian World No 1 Lee Chong Wei at the Singapore Open Super Series on Saturday.
K Srikanth returns a shot of Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei during the Singapore Open semi-final yesterday. Pic/AFP.
Despite putting up a strong showing against the top seed, the World No 25 Indian went down 19-21, 18-21 in 42 minutes.
Srikanth started the last match of the day in superb fashion. It was neck-and-neck affair as he gave a tough fight to the Malaysian in the first game. From 15-16 down, Srikanth used his brilliant smashes to good effect to take a 19-16 lead.
Almost on the verge of bagging the game, nerves got the better of Srikanth as he made a series of unforced errors to let go of the game. In the second game, Lee opened up a big gap of 15-8 which he extended to 19-12. But Srikanth came out with a late burst of smashes which caught Lee off guard as the Indian clinched six of the next seven points. The Indian challenge came to an end in the tournament with Srikanth’s loss.