Denmark Open: Lakshya Sen goes down fighting in second round | Badminton News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: Kidambi Srikanth moved into the quarterfinals of the $750,000 Denmark Open BWF Super-750 tournament with a 21-15, 21-15 victory against Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada in Odense on Thursday. However, teen shuttler Lakshya Sen went down fighting against Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark 21-15, 7-21, 17-21 in the second round.
Srikanth told the BWF website that it was a close match until the 11th point in both the games. “It was close until 11 in both games. I’m just happy that I could continue that form throughout the match. I had to be alert to get back his shots,” Srikanth said.
On the quarter-final against Chou Tein Chen, Srikanth said. “He’s been playing well the last few years. It’s definitely a match where I can understand where I’m at. That’s the whole idea of playing this tournament. He hits hard, he’s someone who has an overall game, he has a hard smash, he knows when to attack and when to defend. He has matured. It’s always good when you play a top-4 player.”
The world No.14 Indian took just 32 minutes to oust the Canadian. Srikanth hit the lines with precision, was deft at the net and moved his rival to the four corners of the court.
Srikanth appeared to have focused more on tightening his game before the big quarterfinal against second seed Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei on Friday.
In the first game, Srikanth went into the break at 11-8. He neither played any risky shot nor executed his trademark whiplash smash. After the break, he quickly moved to a 17-9 lead before taking the first game at 21-15.
Sensing that Srikanth was playing a slow-paced game, mostly near the net, Ho-Shue pushed him backwards. The ploy worked and helped Ho-Shue to nudge ahead to 8-5. Srikanth increased the pace here and with a couple of cross court smashes and three deft touches near the net he moved to 11-8 by the break.
Thereafter, it was Srikanth all the way as he came up with a few accurate straight smashes on the backhand side of this rival and followed them up with a tap.
Later, Lakshya suffered a meltdown in the second game against Vittinghus. The Indian lad started on a solid note in the first game and outplayed the seasoned campaigner from Denmark.
But in the second game, Lakshya made too many mistakes and allowed his opponent to start with a 8-0 lead. After conceding such a big lead, it turned out to be difficult task for the youngster.
In the third game too, Lakshya conceded a 1-7 lead but did well to come back into the game. Though he succeeded in reducing the lead to 8-9, he failed to read the sideways drift and conceded crucial points from 15-16. Though he tried hard he faltered to win the big points.
Interestingly, this is the first time that Vittinghus has reached the quarterfinals of Denmark Open in over 15 attempts. The 34-year-old was quite excited with the result.



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