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Denmark Open : Kidambi Srikanth advances to the quarterfinals, Lakshya Sen goes down fighting

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(Image Source: Twitter) Kidambi Srikanth to face Chou Tien Chen in the quarterfinals of Denmark Open 2020

The Ravulapalem born shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open 2020. He beat the Canadian youngster Jason Anthony in straight games. The Indian youngster Lakshya Sen put up a great fight against the much experienced Dane Hans Vittinghus and went down fighting in a three-setter.

Srikanth eased past R2, to face Chou Tien Chen in the quarterfinals of Denmark Open 2020

In the first meeting between the fifth seeded Indian and the world number 49, Srikanth started off well and took a lead 8-4. He managed to maintain his pace and attack and won the game 21-15 despite some errors. The second game progressed with close rallies, going point by point for either players. At 15-11 with Srikanth in the lead, he won the longest rally of the match consisting of 34 shots. That boosted his confidence and turned the match around. He stormed off to 20-12 with 8 game point opportunities. However he only converted the third opportunity having given away point due to unforced errors. He sealed the game in his favour, 21-15, 21-14.

Kidambi Srikanth will face the second seed, Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. Chou leads the head to head 5-1. Srikanth won only the first meeting among them, way back in 2014. Srikanth has an uphill task ahead of him in the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open 2020.

Lakshya Sen went down fighting against Hans Kristian Vittinghus

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Lakshya Sen was off with a brilliant start in the first game. He kept up with the Dane’s pace very well. The game went neck-to-neck. Vittinghus seemed to have lost rhythm  and focus after Lakshya went into the lead at 15-11. Several unforced errors came form the 34-year old, giving away the game to Sen, 21-15. The second game was completely different and disastrous for Sen. Several unforced errors came from the Indian. He seemed unable to control the shuttle and lost rhythm. He trailed 11-1 at the mid-game interval. Kristian won the second game 21-7 without breaking much sweat.

The decider was rather close with both players putting pressure on each other. Having played on both ends of the court, they seemed to have gotten a hang of the drift and were able to control the shuttle better. There were fewer unforced errors along the boundaries and better constructed rallies.  In the second half of the game Lakshya showed signs of fatigue after a long rally at18-16, Hans leading. At this crucial juncture Lakshya managed to ick up a beautiful point with a brilliantly executed cross court smash. Nevertheless Hans stormed ahead to match points 20-17.  The game was won by the Dane when Lakshya retuned the serve into the net in attempt of a smash.

Other notable results

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(Image Source: Twitter) Nozomi Okuhara of Japan
  • Carolina Marin got the better of 20- year old Line Christophersen of Denmark in straight sets. Line played extremely well in the first half of the first game, playing point to point. However she could not sustain it and Marin unleashed her attack and wrapped up the game 21-14, 21-8.
  • Nozomi Okuhara beat Jordon Hart of Wales comfortably 21-6, 21-12. She looked in fine form, her court movement, fluid.
  • The biggest upset was the world number 125 pair Joel Eipe and Rasmus Kjaer of Denmark beat compatriots Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen who werethe home favourites for the title in a thriller three-setter 21-18,17-21, 21-16.
  • Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva beat Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen 21-7, 21-9
  • Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota beat Linda Efler and Isabel Herttrich 21-12, 21-13

Also Read: Denmark Open : Marin thrashes Perminova in one-sided opener

Quarterfinal matches to watch out for

The quarterfinals will be played on 16th October 2020. The matches will be telecasted on Star Sports Network, Hotstar and BWF TV. The matches start at local time 2PM and 5:30PM IST

  • Carolina Marin vs Beiwen Zhang (around 6:30PM IST)
  • Kidambi Srikanth vs Chou Tien Chen (around 8:30PM IST)
  • Mia Blichfeldt vs Michelle Li (around 10:30PM IST)
  • Jan O Jorgensen vs Anders Antonsen (lkely)
  • Kenta Nishimoto vs Hans Vittinghus
  • Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota vs Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith
  • Maiken Freurgaard/Sara Thygesen vs Mayu Matsumoto /Wakana Nagahara
  • Christo Popov/Toma Popov vs Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock vs Gregory Mairs/Victoria Williams

 

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