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Kidambi Srikanth was virtually out of contention for the knockout stage after Back-To-Back Losses second-round matches in the BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday.

Kidambi Srikanth held a flawless 3-0 head-to-head record against Wang Tzu Wei but it meant little as the Taiwanese world no 12 claimed a come-from-behind 19-21/ 21-9/21-19 win over the Indian.

Srikanth and Wang fought tooth and nail right from the beginning, moving together 5-5 to 9-9 before Srikanth led to grab a slender 11-10 lead with a smash.

Srikanth opened up an important 15-11 lead with Wang propelling the shuttle wide twice. Srikanth continued to dominate the rallies with his angled returns to reach 17-12.

Wang, however, narrowed it down to 18-19 with Srikanth doing few errors but the Indian managed to grab two game points with a smash. Indian kept his calm and wrapped up the first game 21-19.

Both the shuttlers engaged in some energy-sapping rallies but Wang played some superb shots to open up a 9-5 lead as Srikanth made a poor judgement.

The Chinese Taipei player, but came back in the second game and held his advantage throughout to win it 21-9.

Final set to be an upside-down question with the momentum shifting consistently between the two players. Started with attacking rallies with Srikanth leading 4-1 but Wang produced a rearguard action to make it 8-4 with seven straight points.

Srikanth bounced back to make it 10-10 but Wang again grabbed a lead at 17-13. Srikanth then made Wang run around the court, leaving him flat on the ground in the end. he made it 16-17 before finding the net and going wide.

Srikanth again missed the line as Wang grabbed four match points. The Indian saved three but went down in the end.

Kidambi Srikanth “I have to figure out a way to pull out these matches,” he said, referring to closely-contested ones where opportunities come and go in a flash. The best players have a way of sensing and converting those opportunities, winning far more than they lose even when faced with tenacious opponents in long-drawn encounters. Kidambi now is trying to define exactly what it is that’s eluding him.

India’s Kidambi Srikanth is in Group B with Denmark’s Anders Antonsen (World No. 6), Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus (World No. 8) and Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei (World No. 12). Srikanth at World No. 14 is the lowest ranked opponent in the group. Player Rankings

BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth loses to World No. 3 Anders Antonsen in the opening match


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