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India Open: Kidambi Srikanth explodes and then collapses

The mystery of Kidambi Srikanth extends to his opponent, the unstoppable Viktor Axelsen, who does not understand how he defeated the talented Indian on truly mind-boggling days like Wednesday.

Even though Srikanth’s mistakes end up being silly, his winners are spectacular. Nobody, not even him, understands how he builds a frenzy of smoothly woven points to lead 14-5 in the second set. And then proceeds to waste everything in a pool of mistakes. a complete half-dozen at the net.

One argument is that Srikanth enters a state in which he accumulates winners in a dizzying run of points. After establishing a significant lead, he becomes acutely aware of how well he has been playing at some point, and then everything goes downhill, acting like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It seems as though he cannot believe how well he has been playing.

Those tap-outs and smash-outs are all caused by low levels of confidence, muddled self-assessments, and an abundance of talent. In addition, one leads to another, and so on. Srikanth is unsure of the reason why he uses inaccurate language at the worst and most inopportune times.

Positive start

Positive start On Wednesday, the 29-year-old had a positive start—unlike most days—despite Axelsen’s final victory in the first set.

The first point, a nice, deep cross smash, must have shaken Axelsen, who had traveled from hot, humid Kuala Lumpur to this bone-chilling, icy Delhi. There was some drift in the KD Jadhav Hall, for whatever reason, but not enough to rule a set.

With significantly more verve in his court bearing than is typically the case, Srikanth would maintain pace until 5-5. However, he relied on the acceleration of attack, so even at 12-16, his net accuracy was lacking. He wins and loses because he plays at such a breakneck speed. Even though he played some fancy stroke play at 14-19, none of it paid off, and he lost 21-14 to drop a set.

Srikanth scored one of his best points at 8-3 in the second, just as he was having a good game. He spun the shuttle with his eyes fixed on the net, but it missed the net and landed on Axelsen, who was only a few feet away. Srikanth appeared well on his way to pushing a decider when he delivered two crisps, slashing blows later. He didn’t, and then he didn’t.


The errors swarmed in like the cold of Delhi severing bones He did a 360-degree swivel to parry a whipped smash, and five strokes later, he had the victory. Then it happened: The errors began quickly and steadily. Srikanth just couldn’t get his act together, whether it was finishing nerves or Axelsen getting his act together.

At 17-15, an ace cross smash and a net follow-up winner provided hope and ended the match quickly. Axelsen, on the other hand, couldn’t believe his good fortune considering how well his rival had been winning just moments earlier.

He would say that the Malaysian winner had not fully recovered physically, as the crowd was not reluctant to support the home player. It was a great atmosphere, so it makes me happy to see so many badminton fans in the stands. Naturally, they back their brethren. I was just thrilled to win today,” he continued.

Finding positives Srikanth was typically perplexed by how everything had congregated, but he saw the positives. Overall, I played well, but I only managed a few points. I only had a few smash-outs and tap-outs even in the first game. It touched the net and missed in the second game as well, at 18-19. I made too many mistakes, though it was a good match. Numerous positives to consider,” he stated.

Srikanth had won their most recent match. Since 2019, there have been numerous events. I am in a good position at this point because many things have gone my way since our last game in 2019 I’m just happy with myself. I am just trying to do the best I can every day, and I was really happy to win my first round today. The Malaysia Open was a big win for me.

He admitted that the mistakes, which had been a problem for a long time, hurt his chances of winning and that he didn’t work hard enough in the end. I think reducing the number of errors is very important right now.

But once more, if the problem is with the strategy, I should sit down with my coaches and consider what went wrong. Up until a point in the second set, I was doing really well. That was all that mattered in finishing the game.

The words “that’s” and “it” both ended in fritters. I played really well up until a point in the second set, but after that, I gave him too many easy points,” he said again.

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