When two shuttlers of the quality of Kidambi Srikanth and Chou Tien Chen are up against each other one can expect a good match and that’s what we got – a hard fought marathon of a match. The match took 3 games and 62 minutes with Chou winning 20-22, 21-13, 21-16 to move through to the semis.
In Game 1 Srikanth and Chou were almost inseparable, but Srikanth pulled through and won the game 22-20 in 20 minutes. His primary strategy was to go for the Smash down the line and follow it up with a nicely placed net shot. This meant that he was forcing his opponent to move around the court.
The second game started furiously with Chou taking an 11-8 lead at the half way stage. From there on he showed supreme command of his game and wrapped up the game 21-13 in 18 minutes. A lot of Srikanth’s returns were weak and Chou capitalized on that.
The 3rd and last game was where Chou had a slight wobble. He again took 11-7 lead at the half way mark. But with the score at 19-11 Srikanth started to come back in the game and scored 4 points on the trot to bring the score to 19-15. Seeing the momentum shifting the Chinese Taipei man indulged in delaying tactics and went for a water break. This helped him as he picked up the first point played after this short break and brought the score to 20-15. As the match was on the line Srikanth went for broke and unleashed his power game to win a point back to bring the score to 20-16 and kept the hopes of a miraculous come back alive. But Chou ensured that there was no fairy tale story for Srikanth as he wrapped up the game 21-16 in 23 minutes.
With this win their head-to-head record has Chou leading 7-1. For Srikanth, it was a disappointing end to his campaign but he should take heart in the fact that this was the best badminton he has played in quite a while which should give him hope moving forward.