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Kidambi Srikanth advances to Quarter Final with a comfortable win

Kidambi Srikanth advances to Quarter Final with a comfortable win: India’s Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles badminton event after eking out a hard-fought win over World No. 5 Jan Jorgensen of Denmark at the Rio Olympics on Monday.

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Coming into the match with a 1-2 head-to-head record, Srikanth dished out an aggressive performance to defeat Jorgensen 21-19, 21-19 in a 42-minute battle to keep himself in contention.

Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth

While, Srikanth reached the quarterfinals after a thrilling win over Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen in his Round of 16 match, two-time World Championship bronze-medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the last-eight stage after notching up a dominating straight-game win over Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying at the Olympic Games here.

India’s Kidambi Srikanth won his second group round match at the Rio Olympics on Sunday to advance to the last 16 on the men’s singles badminton competition.

Srikanth outplayed Henri Hurskainen of Sweden 21­6, 21­18 in his group H preliminaries encounter. The only Indian to qualify in the men’s singles event had previously beaten Lino Munoz of Mexico 2­0 in his campaign opener.

In a lop­sided first game, the Guntur­born player got off to a brilliant start as he raced away with a 11­2 lead with some solid net play and cross­court smashes before wrapping up the first game in his favour.

The second game was an example of Srikanth’s tenacity and patience. By virtue of his exceptional defensive skills, the Swedish player managed to stay in touch with the Indian. After some close exchanges till the mid­half of the second game, the Indian shuttler showed some good skills with the combination of his diagonal shot and down the line smashes to take a 18­15 lead.

The match last for 42 minutes. Srikanth will next face China’s Lin Dan in the quarters on Wednesday.

India’s hopes for an Olympic Medal are still on with Srikanth’s stellar performance at the Rio Games 2016.

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