Kidambi Srikanth has kept the medals hopes going for India. His astonishing win over World No. 5, Jan O Jorgensen, has ensured a place for him in the quarterfinals of Rio 2016 Olympics. He beat the Dane 21-19, 21-19 in the round of 16 and has now set up a clash with China’s Lin Dan.
Srikanth showed phenomenal display of his attacking skills to produce an ace performance on the court. In the first game, the two kept things even with both players hitting some great jump smashes to push their opponent on the backfoot and go for the kill on tame responses. At the break, Srikanth led 11-9.
Srikanth maintained that two point gap throughout the game to stand 19-17 with clever deft touches at the net to keep himself in the good. Jorgensen reduced that to a single point with Srikanth’s backhand push going narrowly wide.
An angled smash by Srikanth brought up two game points. The Dane saved one with Srikanth misjudging a deep shot but converted the next point with an angled half smash across Jorgensen.
In the second game, Srikanth started the better of the two and led 8-4 before Jorgensen won six points in a row to give himself the advantage. But a Srikanth smash kissed the line to give him the lead at the break.
Once again, Jorgensen won points in a row to lead 17-14 before once again Srikanth clawed his way back to make it 17-17 helped by good attacking play and loud cheers of ‘India, India’.
Soon enough, Srikanth brought up two match points at 20-18 with a smash down the line. Jorgensen saved one but couldn’t save the next with Srikanth smashing his way into the next round.
Here’s how twittarati reacted on his win.
Huge win for Kidambi Srikanth. Into the quarters in men’s badminton.. The legend Lin Dan next!!
— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) 15 August 2016
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) 15 August 2016
Kidambi Srikanth meets the formidable Lin Dan in the Q/F. But so what?
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 15 August 2016
— PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) 15 August 2016
Congrats @srikidambi – super match.
Much luck for the QF.
Please coordinate podium meetings with PV Sindhu :-P.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) 15 August 2016
Fantastic win by @srikidambi !
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) 15 August 2016
The celebrations were pretty euphoric too with the shuttler punching his chest in joy and rushing to coach Pulella Gopichand to hug him.