India's Kidambi Srikanth failed to live upto the expectations after a good start to ongoing Indonesia Masters. In the quarterfinals, Srikanth locked horns with home crowd favourite Jonatan Christie. The 25-year-old lost the encounter in straight games: 18-21, 19-21 to bow out of the competition. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal has proceeded to the semifinals and looks as a worthy title contender.
Srikanth and Jonatan started off in a similar fashion. It was 3-3, and further levelled at 4-4. Nonetheless, Srikanth conceded the momentum and played the catch-up game from thereon. It was 14-9 in Jonatan's favour. There was a twist in the tale as it became 15-15 and 18-18 in the latter stage of the opening game. However, Jonatan was the better player and closed the first game 21-18.
The script remained the same in the penultimate game. Trailling 0-6 and 8-15, Srikanth made it 14-16 at one stage. He remained in the contest with his mindset but was rusty to dictate terms entirely. With Srikanth getting closer, Jonatan upped his playing style. There were quite a few nervy moments. Srikanth was immaculate with his deft touches, whereas Jonatan pushed his opponent as well.
In a controversial end, Jonatan emerged on top (21-19). The final point went in Jonatan's favour but Srikanth wasn't satisfied. In replays, it showed that the shuttle dropped just inside the line to allow Jonatan the last laugh.
In match statistics, Jonatan led Srikanth 11-4 in most consecutive points won. In total points played (79), Jonatan was ahead by 42-37.
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