Kidambi Srikanth feels that a great victory of hers is just around the corner
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Kidambi Srikanth, one of India’s best male singles players, said he was improving day by day and stated that he was just one big win away from regaining his lost form on the BWF Circuit.
Kidambi Srikanth got off to a poor start on Thursday, losing 12-21, 16-21 to Shi Yu Qi of China as India was outscored 1-4 in their BWF Thomas Cup tie in Aarhus, Denmark on Thursday.
Kidambi Srikanth, who enjoyed a 4-1 head-to-head record against his Chinese opponent, couldn’t make it worth while as he went down fighting.
Speaking to reporters and the BWF after his match, the versatile singles player said he lacked consistency, which is needed in high-priced matches. He said:
“I felt like I played well on the patches. I lack consistency and I have to work on that. Otherwise, I feel like I’m playing well. I gave him (Shi Yu Qi) too many points in a row in both the first and second sets. that the key is to reduce errors. Otherwise, I’m up there and I feel like I’m just one big win away. “
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Kidambi Srikanth struggled to find his way before and couldn’t convert points when it mattered losing the tie with a groan. Speaking about the match, Kidambi Srikanth said:
“I really think it’s more about cutting down on easy mistakes. I want to remain consistent. I started the second set well and was doing well until about 10-8 and then I scored six to seven points in a row. I avoided it, it could have even been “.
Kidambi Srikanth gaining confidence
The versatile Indian singles player has been out of shape in the recent past, but he’s been getting on well. With enough match practice under his belt, Kidambi Srikanth feels that he is improving with his game, thus also improving his confidence levels.
“I see myself playing better compared to my first Sudirman Cup game so far. It’s about gaining confidence and playing big games. There are eight to ten players playing well on the circuit and it’s about playing more games.” with them and practice enough game. “
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Satwik-Chirag happy to score a win over China
After Kidambi Srikanth gave India a bad start, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty helped India reestablish parity after winning their doubles tie over He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-14, 21-14.
Speaking about the match, Chirag said that both he and Satwiksairaj were clear about their game plan and executed it well.
“It was a good match. The tactics we wanted to play and our game plans worked. We are happy to win a point for India.”
Satwiksairaj admitted that the game was much easier than they thought. He said that they had not thought of beating the Chinese pair in two sets and would surely play a third. But sticking to his plans helped achieve an outright victory. He said:
“We never thought we could beat China easily. We prepared for a difficult match. I was prepared for the third game. But we followed through on our plans and played consistently and made sure to calm down after each point with a little break.”
Sameer Verma squanders a golden opportunity
India’s second singles player Sameer Verma failed to put India ahead 2-1 and blew four match points to lose his singles game to Lu Guang Zu. Their loss was India’s second in the men’s singles after Kidambi Srikanth lost the first match of the night.
Sameer Verma couldn’t keep his cool and lost the match, giving China a crucial 2-1 lead and winning momentum.
Speaking about the match, Sameer said that although he lost the match, he felt he was in good shape. He added:
“I think I’m playing well. In the third set, when I was 20-17, he (Guang Zu) managed to win the last points on the trot. I should focus on converting those points. I think I was good with respect to my movement and play. by blows “.
After recording 5-0 victories against the Netherlands and Tahiti, it was India’s first defeat in the Thomas Cup. With two victories, India qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
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