Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth paved his way to the semifinals of Hong Kong Open 2019 without playing any shot. This happened when his second-round opponent Chen Long of China retired himself from the ongoing tournament. However, everything was going well for the reigning Olympic champion Chen at the beginning of the match but before the commencement of the second set, he decided to rule out from the event. As a result, Srikanth has been progressed to the semi-final round without much fuss.
Both Srikanth and Chen have played the first set of the nail-biting battle against each other which was eventually won by the Indian contender with a great margin of 21-13. The experienced Indian shuttler took just 15 minutes to wrap up the show against the Chinese opponent in an enthralling battle.
With this fortunate win, Srikanth has gained the confidence to face other strong opponents in the upcoming matches. He is now just one step away from the grand finale and in order to book his place in the exciting showdown, he will go all out in the semifinals. Notably, the Indian superstar will next face either Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu or Danish world No. 5 Viktor Axelsen in the last-four member battle. It will be interesting to see whether the Indian shuttler will be able to secure his place in the grand finale of Hong Kong Open 2019 or he will also crash out from the prestigious event.
Srikanth set his meeting with the Olympic Champion Long after his first-round opponent World No.1 Kento Momota withdrew from the grand tournament. The only full match played by Srikanth in the ongoing tournament was against fellow India Sai Praneeth where he won with the scoreline of 21-23, 21-11, 21-19.
While on the other side in the women’s singles category, World Champion PV Sindhu went down against Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the second-round battle. The World No.18 badminton star Busanan edged past the Indian opponent by 21-18, 21-11, 21-16 verdict. She took one hour and nine minutes to topple the strong shuttler Sindhu.