World Championships: Srikanth enters final, makes history

Kidambi Srikanth
Kidambi Srikanth rallied to edge Lakshya Sen. Photo: AFP/Jose Jordan

Huelva (Spain): Displaying immense character, seasoned Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth staged a remarkable comeback to down young compatriot Lakshya Sen 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 and enter the final of the BWF World Badminton Championships here on Saturday.

Srikanth is assured of at least a silver medal while Sen became the third Indian after Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983) and B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019) to win a medal in the men's section at the showpiece.


Clashing swords in what was a historic match for Indian badminton, Srikanth raced to an early lead before his younger opponent pulled level at 2-2. Two more points and Srikanth was in lead again.

Then it was Sen's turn to briefly take an 8-7 lead but Srikanth immediately levelled it at 8-8.

Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen went down fighting. Photo: AFP/Jose Jordan

The 20-year Sen regained the lead and at 13-10, he was looking confident of maintaining the momentum, but Srikanth drew level at 16-16.

Sen dominated from thereon to grab the first game and wrest the initiative.

However, Srikanth roared back into the contest with a flurry of smashes to take the second game and he continued in the same vein in the third game despite some fine defensive show by the 20-year-old to emerge winner in a match that lasted 69 minutes.

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