BWF World Championships: Srikanth reaches semis, assures India a medal; Sindhu knocked out

Kidambi Srikanth. Photo: IANS (File picture)

BWF World Championships: Srikanth reaches semis, assures India a medal; Sindhu knocked out

Huelva (Spain), December 17, 2021

Former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth beat Mark Caljouw to reach the semi-finals of the 2021 BWF World Championships and assure India a medal but defending champion P V Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying and was knocked out of the tournament here on Friday.

The top-seeded Tai Tzu beat Sindhu 21-17, 21-13 in the women's singles quarter-finals, which lasted 42 minutes, to end the Indian badminton ace's title defence.

Reigning world champion Sindhu had a nervous start with Tai Tzu rushing to a 9-3 lead in the first game. She amped her pace with aggressive cross-court shots but the Chinese Taipei shuttler was clever with her deceptions and managed to win the opening game.

In the second game, Sindhu gave better competition to her opponent but could not quite take a sizable lead at any point. Tai Tzu frequently employed her drop shots to catch the Indian out and after being tied 12-12 in the second game, the Chinese Taipei shuttler surged ahead to wrap up the match.

This is the first time that world number one Tai Tzu has progressed past the quarters at the badminton world championships. She had defeated Sindhu in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year.

Srikanth beat Dutch player Mark Caljouw 21-8, 21-7 in the quarter-final. The Indian used his cross-court smashes to perfection and gave Caljouw no chance, winning the quarter-finals quite comfortably in 26 minutes.

This is Srikanth's first semi-final appearance at the world championships. With this, he has now ensured his first and India's 11th medal at the World Championships.


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