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.
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.
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.
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.