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Denmark Open: Srikanth runs over Toby Penty

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Current world rank 14 and former number 1, Kidambi Srikanth from India, defeated Toby Penty from England in the first round of the Denmark Open. The fifth seeded Srikanth is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics on account of many unsuccessful campaigns in the recent past. Srikanth is one of the contenders for the title in the Denmark Open.

Srikanth Kidambi Denmark Open
(Image Source: Twitter) Srikanth Kidambi at Denmark Open

Today’s game started with Srikanth looking in a very good touch. In the first game, Srikanth opened up a huge lead till the mid-game interval. Toby Penty looked no match for Srikanth’s pace and aggressive playing style. Srikanth rained a number of smashes right at the start of the game. Penty however recovered a bit after some instructions that he received from his coach. The game ended with a score line of 21-12.

Penty who is known to be a slow starter, gave Srikanth a really tough time in the second game however. He upped his play by a few notches. Penty who looked sluggish in the first game, increased his pace and played some beautiful drops and smashes in the second game. He led Srikanth by a three-point margin till the mid-interval break of the second game.

But Srikanth did not give up so easily. Srikanth suddenly increased his pace and aggression after the mid game interval and started to get points with excellent placements. He soon levelled with Penty and after that it was a neck to neck encounter till the end of the game. Penty managed to score 18 points before the game ended. The final score line was 21-12, 21-18. Penty has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

Srikanth won in straight sets. But the 2nd game really exposed his weaknesses. Srikanth needs to ramp up his game a bit if he wishes to stand a chance against the better and higher ranked players. Srikanth will face either face compatriot Subhankar Dey or Canadian Jason Anthony Ho-Shue in the next round. Till then stay tuned!

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