Mumbai: India’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth put on a fighting show, but could not make the match in his favour as he lost to Wang Tzu-Wei of Taiwan in their second group-stage match in the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals on Thursday.
Wang beat Srikanth 21–19, 9–21, 19–21 in a 78-minute match. Srikanth started the match with a 4–2 lead, but Wang bounced back to score the match at 8-8, however, the Indian shuttler continued his brilliant form and the first game (21–19).
In the second game, Wang dominated the proceedings and achieved the set (9-21) quite comfortably. The Taiwanese badminton player maintained his dominance in the game and took a three-point lead in the decider.
Srikanth bounced back to tie the game within 9-9 minutes into the game, but Wang took the lead (10-11) at the mid-game break in the third set. After the break, Srikanth came close but was unable to win the third set.
Wang’s backhand shot that came out of nowhere was the highlight of the match. On Wednesday, Srikanth was defeated by Anders Antonsen of Denmark in his first group-stage match of the tournament. Antonsen beat Srikanth 15-21, 21-16, 21-18 in his first match in the World Tour Finals.
The entire match lasted one hour and 17 minutes. Srikanth took out all the guns while striking out in the first game and gave his opponent no chance, tying the game 21-15 for 22 minutes.
In the second game, Antonsen managed to turn his fortunes around. With his winning momentum, Antonsen capitalized in the third game and he went on to win the match.