‘It was close until 11 in both games’, says Srikanth after reaching Denmark Open quarters | 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 straight game victory against Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada 21-15, 21-15 in Odense on Thursday.
“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 told BWF website after the victory.
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.”
In a match where he focused more on playing the basic game, 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. After securing a comfortable 15-10 lead, Srikanth once again slowed down and focused to sharpen his skills near the net. Though Ho-Shue’s coach was cautioning him not to allow the Indian near the net, the Canadian failed to do so, allowing Srikanth to notch up an easy victory.



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