Kidambi Srikanth’s Swiss Open Campaign Ends With Defeat In Semi-Finals

Mar24,2024


Kidambi Srikanth lost 21-15, 9-21, 18-21 against world number 22 Lin Chun-Yi.© AFP

Kidambi Srikanth's Swiss Open 2024 journey came to an unfortunate end as India's top shuttler suffered a defeat in the men's singles semi-finals at the St. Jakobshalle ground in Basel. Srikanth lost 21-15, 9-21, 18-21 against world number 22 Lin Chun-Yi of Chinese Taipei in the last four match that lasted one hour and five minutes. This was Srikkanth's first BWF semi-final appearance since November 2022. The former world number one Indian badminton player made a great start to the match and won the opening game 21-15 due to his aggressive smashes and excellent net play.

However, in the second game, 31-year-old Srikanth struggled to stay ahead of his opponent. Despite Srikanth leading 4-1 in the second game, Chun-Yi quickly made it 6-5.

When the score was 7-10, the Chinese Taipei shuttler won seven consecutive points, putting the game out of Srikanth's reach.

In the deciding game, Chun-Yi took an aggressive stance from the beginning and took a 4-1 lead. However, Srikanth had a slight lead of 11-10 at half time.

The highly competitive game remained closely contested until the end, when Chun-Yi scored three consecutive points to level the score at 16-16. Srikanth also made some unforced errors, which helped his opponent gain control of the game and win the encounter.

Srikanth was the only Indian shuttler left in the Swiss Open. Priyanshu Rajawat and Kiran George were eliminated in the quarter-finals, while Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand also failed to advance.

PV Sindhu's performance in women's singles ended in the second round.

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