Monday , October 18 2021

Srikanth optimistic of Indian badminton despite Hong Kong's loss



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India's top ranked male player was the first Indian to
reach number one in the world's badminton ranking in April but has fallen since
his loss for Malaysia's big Lee Chong Wei in this year's Commonwealth Games
final.

Srikanth's success on the international circuit despite
recurrent injuries and a struggle for keeping fitness have nevertheless been inspired
an increase of interest in sports in India, as well as the high profile women's world
number four P.V. Sindhu.

"We have done well here and there. But I really want to
to make it a consistent performance, "he told AFP after his Friday loss
Kenta Nishimoto.

"I am improving the specific area that is
consistently around the tournaments we play. I think we all will definitely have
better results in the next few years. "

Srikanth struggled to be low against Nishimoto and blamed
defensive mistakes for his 21-17, 21-13 loss for the Japanese eighth seed.

He plans to use the days before next week's Syed Modi
International home to work when he returns to the form.

"Before I really want to look at myself," he
said.

"I'm not really 100 percent fit and I have little
hurt worry. I just want to talk to my physique and coach first before I get
in court again. "

Eighth ranked Sameer Verma was the last Indian player
sent home from the tournament Thursday after his shock three-match loss to
hometown hero Lee Cheuk Yiu in the last eight.

Lee, who sheepishly joined AFP afterwards as he had
Never expected to do so so far in the tournament, struggled hard to qualify
opening day but had a dream run to semis after other seeds Shi Yuqi s
first round pension.

An urgent audience gave Lee enough struggle to break away
Verma in the decision maker after the 47th ranking Hong Kong appeared to collapse
after his second match loss.

He faces Nishimoto in Saturday's semi-final.

In women's singles, India's Sindhu was sent packing
the second round after a razor blade two matches against Sung Ji Hyun, who wants to
take on world champion Ratchanok Intanon.

"It was a very close one yesterday," said Srikanth
of Sindhus ouster. "I feel lucky was not on her side."

Sindhus progression guaranteed her a berth in Guangzhou for
next month World Tour finals.

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