India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spots

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 19:49 IST Kidambi Srikanth had been knocked out in the quarter-final in eight out of last nine tournaments (@BAI_Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth beat B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19Parupalli Kashyap beat Wang Tzu Wei 21-16 21-11Srikanth snapped his run of quarter-final finishesKidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap raised hopes of an Indian win after progressing to the men’s singles semi-finals at USD 350,000 India Open in New Delhi on Friday.Srikanth finally snapped his series of quarterfinal finishes, outwitting compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62 minute duel, while Kashyap entered his first semi-final of a top-tier event (World Tour Super 500 or Superseries) in almost four years, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 21-16 21-11 in another quarterfinal clash.Srikanth had made eight quarterfinal finishes in last nine tournaments and the Indian didn’t look to make the last eight after he lost the opening game narrowly and lagged 1-7 in the second.But a gritty Srikanth saved five game points after fighting back from 16-20 down before Praneeth staved off the challenge to take the opening game.Praneeth managed to grab a 7-1 lead to raise hopes of an upset but Srikanth came back strongly and took the match to the decider.The Champion [email protected] points out the turning point of the match as he pulls off a thriller of a match against @saiprneeth92 to reach semis of #YonexSunriseIndiaOpen2019#IndiaontheRise #badminton #srikanthkidambi BAI Media (@BAI_Media) March 29, 2019In the third game, both the shuttlers split the initial 14 points before Praneeth edged ahead 11-8. But a fighting Srikanth again drew parity at 13-13 and eventually managed to clinch two crucial points at 19-19 to seal a semi-final place.”The turning point of the match was in the second game when I was 1-7 down and I fought back. From there things changed. At 19-19 in the decider it could have gone either way, but I played well in the crucial points. I am happy with my performance,” Srikanth said.advertisementOn the adjacent court, Kashyap made a confident start, leading 6-3 early on but his three successive returns at the forehand corner of Wang went out, allowing his opponent to keep pace with the Indian who enjoyed a 11-8 lead at the break.Wang made it 16-16 with Kashyap committing a few mistakes at the net but his flat jabs and punches to the back of the court helped him to pocket the opening game.The Winning [email protected] and @srikidambi cruise into the #YonexSunriseIndiaOpen2019Keep the momentum going. #IndiaontheRise #badminton BAI Media (@BAI_Media) March 29, 2019Kashyap took control of the net and retrieved everything, while Wang looked erratic with his smashes. Kashyap led 6-3 again in the second game.Wang again clawed back at 8-8 but Kashyap managed to keep his nose ahead at 11-9 at the interval.The Indian marched ahead, varying the pace with his strokes, using angles and measured returns, cramming his opponent for space. He lead 18-11. A smash and drop took Kashyap closer to seal the match and he celebrated once Wang went long.”I feel good. I didn’t think about semi-final. I had a good draw and a good run and I am just happy. I have fitness issues but I don’t know why my body is feeling at ease,” said Kashyap, who had reached the finals at 2017 US Open and won the 2018 Austrian Open.”He (Wang) is a tricky player. He has good skills at the net. He takes risks and hits some good half smashes. I kept retrieving the shuttle and could attack and counter his strokes.”Also Read | All England Championships: Kidambi Srikanth beats Jonatan Christie to enter quartersAlso Read | India Open 2019: B Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap enter quarter-finalsAlso Watch | Kidambi Srikanth eyes more Super Series titlesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Parupalli Kashyap India Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap seal semi-final spotsKidambi Srikanth defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth, while a spirited Parupalli Kashyap beat Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei to book their places in the semi-final of the India Open.advertisementlast_img read more