K Srikanth bowed out of the semi-finals of Hong Kong Open today. He was facing the number one seed in the tournament and lost in a grueling match by 21-17, 19-21 and 21-6. It was a good performance by the Indian player.
In the first set Chen Long started the game on a positive note with a 3-0 lead. Then Srikanth tried to play some aggressive strokes but Chen Long’s defense was great and took a lead of 10-3. Srikanth took 4 points in a row to make it 10-7.
At the interval it was 11-7 in favor of Chen Long. After the interval, it was neck-to-neck as it went 16-15 for the Chinese. Chen Long was great at the net and also in the smashes. Chen Long took the first game 21-17.
The second game was a close affair as both of them fought for each point. The starting of second game began on a bad note for the Indian with Chen Long taking a 4-0 lead, but the Indian player leveled it at 8-8.
Srikanth’s defensive game was much better in second game. At the interval, it was Srikanth who led 11-10. The Indian player’s smashes were good and his drop shots were too good to deceive the Chinese. At 17-14, Srikanth was leading but Chen Long came back in the game and it was soon 19-19. Chen Long made the mistakes and Indian player took the advantage of it won the 2nd set 21-19.
The third game of the match proved too much for the Indian. The Chinese smashed and the net play were great. He started the game taking 3-0 lead. Srikanth efforts went in vain as he made lots of mistakes. The class of Chen Long showed with his mental strength and fitness. His experience in tournaments helped him a lot. At the interval it was 11-3. After the interval the Chinese took advantage of a tired Srikanth and won the game 21-6 easily.
Srikanth played really well this tournament and has been in great form for the past 1 week. He has the capability of beating the best in the world. His ranking of number 10 shows that he has improved a lot in the past one year. With Kashyap and many young male Indian shuttlers can prove to be a force in Badminton World.
The Indian campaign came to end today. Saina Nehwal lost in the quarter finals of this tournament and PV Sindhu lost in the 2nd round.