India’s ace badminton player Kidambi Srikanth kept Indian hopes alive after he breezed past Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-11, 21-15 in the second round of the Malaysia Open at Kuala Lumpur.
The Indian carried on with his new found form, which helped him get the runner-up slot the recently concluded India Open and won the match in just 32 minutes to book a quarter-final berth.
Both Kidambi and Khosit started well and matched each other point for a point with Kidambi having an advantage of a solitary point at 7-6, but thereafter a few mistakes from the Thai helped the Indian stretch his lead to 14-7 on the back of a 5-point spree. Kidambi did not yield an inch and finished the game 21-11.
The second game too started on an even keel with both tied at 3-3, but soon Kidambi widened the gap to make it 11-5 at the mid-game break. His onslaught carried on well after the resumption and he finished the game fairly easy at 21-15 without breaking much sweat.
Srikanth is the only Indian left in the fray at the Malaysia Open and faces reigning Olympic champion Chen Long of China in the quarterfinals.
Earlier, PV Sindhu too crashed out against Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in straight games 18-21, 7-21 in her Women’s singles’ 2nd round match.
Another Indian Mixed Doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, squandered their lead in the second game and lost to the Malaysian pair of Kian Meng Tan and Pi Jing Lai 21-15, 17-21, 13-21.
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