In the second Round of the ongoing Fuzhou China Open, India’s Kidambi Srikanth scripted a startling comeback against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to hand out a 10-21, 21-9, 21-9 defeat to him. The win takes the Indian to the quarter final of the BWF World Super750 event.
The Indonesian has always proved to be a tough nut to crack in the past as well as he has had a 3-2 win-loss record against the Indian. This match also saw the Indonesian taking the upper hand in the first game as he raced from 2-2 to 11-6 by the time the 2 minute break was taken in the first game. Thereafter, he scored 6 successive points after the score reached 15-10 to wrap up the first game at 21-10. The Indian never looked settled throughout the first game which was done and dusted in 14 minutes.
The second game saw the Indian reciprocate as it was 2-2 in the beginning and the score line saw an identical 11-6 score at the 2 minute break but this time favouring the lad from Hyderabad. The Hyderabadi then took no time in finishing the game at 21-9 without giving Sugiarto any chance of making a return.
The Indian started the third game from where he had left the second game and soon raced to 7-2 in the opening few exchanges and reached the 2 minute break at 11-3. There was nothing to stop the Indian as the Indonesian made numerous unforced errors at the net which enabled Srikanth to finish the game and the match at 21-9.
This will be Kidambi Srikanth’s successive 4th quarter final appearance at a BWF Super series event but making it to the podium has been an achilles heel for him this year. He is yet to get a medal on the Tour this year.
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