Highlights of Kidambi Srikanth match

• Kidambi Srikanth clinched the silver medal in the World Badminton Championships.
• Loh Kean Yew earned the gold medal
Kidambi Srikanth match proven to be historic to Indian badminton timeline. He won a historic silver medal in the World Badminton Championships on 18th December 2021 after losing in straight games to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the final. It was the best result by an Indian in the men’s singles.
Srikanth, a former world number one, was defeated in 43 minutes by a Malaysian opponent, 15-21, 20-22.

Who is Srikanth Kidambi?
Srikanth Kidambi is a badminton player representing India who trains at Hyderabad’s Gopichand Badminton Academy. In April 2018, he was named number one in the world by the BWF. In 2018, Kidambi received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, and the Arjuna award in 2015.

Loh Kean Yew against Kidambi Srikanth
Srikanth, 28, outperformed legends Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983), B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019), and Lakshya Sen (bronze in this season), whom he defeated in the quarterfinals on 18th December 2021.
Srikanth’s first silver placed him among PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, both of whom had previously finished second.

Medals in the sports timeline of badminton
Sindhu won the desired gold medal in 2019, as well as two silver and two bronze medals, while Saina won silver in 2015 in Jakarta and bronze in 2017 in Glasgow. It’s also the first time India has won two medals at the World Championships in men’s singles.

Srikanth proves the statement ‘No pain no gain’
Despite the loss, it is a huge accomplishment for Srikanth, who has struggled with health and form since hurting his knee in the 2017 French Open final after winning four Super Series titles the previous year.

Srikanth’s performance
Srikanth, who was playing in his first final since the 2019 India Open, battled Loh, who relied on his powerful offensive style and lightning footwork to put pressure on the Indian.
Srikanth, who is rated 14th in the world, had his moments, but he blew 9-3 and 18-16 leads in the two games, allowing the coveted crown to slide through his fingers.
Loh, 24, got off to a quick 3-1 lead with a brilliant net dribble, but Srikanth quickly turned the tables by engaging his opponent in brief rallies and using his cunning to set up the points.

Srikanth’s strategy
Srikanth’s strategy of waiting for his returns paid off as he took a 9-3 lead with a stunning smash.
At the mid-game break, Loh attempted to dominate the frontcourt, but Srikanth established a four-point advantage with another smash on his opponent’s backhand.

Loh return to lead
Loh regained his footing after the resumption, clawing back 11-11 by winning the next four points and then unleashing a jump smash to take the lead.
Loh earned five-game points thanks to lightning-quick netplay, and he clinched the deal when Srikanth faulted next.
The duo fought tooth and claw after switching sides, moving 4-4 together. To take a 7-4 lead, Srikanth tried to engage his opponent in flat exchanges sandwiched by angled returns and smashes.
However, Srikanth’s unforced errors struck again as Loh tied the game at 9-9. Another net blunder gave the lead to Loh, who led 11-9 at the mid-game break.
Srikanth drew level with a backhand cross-court flick, then went on to win the longest rally with a brilliant cross-court net return to go up 16-14.

The missing moment
At 18-16, Srikanth attempted a net shot but missed the mark, while Loh unleashed a body smash to take the lead at 19-18. Loh now has two match points as another fast-paced rally finished with the Indian going to the net.
Srikanth had amazing bravery at the net to save two match points, but he then blundered when Loh pushed the shuttle at the backline with a precise return, causing him to fall to his knees in shock.
As a result, Loh became the first man from his home country to win the World Championships.
After a successful post-Olympics season in which he won the Dutch Open, the Hylo Open, and became runner-up at the Indonesia Open Super 1000, Loh made it to the final.
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Dr. Kirti Sisodhia

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