This yr, 2021, one which accommodated a postponed Olympics, and inside it, an Indian gold medal in observe and subject, no much less, amongst a clutch of others, would have risen to dizzying heights on the fag-end however Loh Kean Yew of Singapore had plans to spoil India’s year-ending occasion.
As it happened: Kidambi Srikanth vs Loh Kean Yew
Loh might have stopped Srikanth 15-21, 20-22 on the summit, however that wouldn’t cease Srikanth turning into India’s newest hero in a wildly profitable yr for Indian sports activities. His last stumble however, Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, who completed with a bronze after his semifinal defeat, have etched a brand new chapter as Indian badminton revels in a primary of two medals on the sport’s largest match.
Ranked No. 22 to Srikanth’s 14, Loh was all the time thought of a terrific expertise and a medal prospect. At Huelva, he ousted world No.1 and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen within the first spherical and final version’s silver medallist, Anders Antonsen 23-21, 21-14 within the semifinals earlier than taking the title on Sunday.
Loh, who migrated from Malaysia, gained Singapore’s first gold. Apparently, regardless of having a number of high gamers, Malaysia have by no means gained a gold on the Worlds.
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Regardless of having performed him 4 years in the past, Srikanth knew what he was up towards. He was in for a tricky battle and went on the offensive from the beginning. But, regardless of a wholesome 9-Three lead within the first sport, Srikanth misplaced his option to squander the benefit. Loh seized the chance. He slowly erased the margin and caught up with the Indian with a blistering straight-line smash that kissed the strains.
Thereafter, Loh grew in confidence and dominated Srikanth on the internet. From 12-12, Loh raced forward to 19-14. It proved tough for the Indian to bridge the hole and Loh closed it with minimal fuss.
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Srikanth was compelled to alter his technique within the second sport. Totally conscious that Loh was dominating him on the internet, Srikanth began to contain his opponent in rallies. With Loh uncomfortable on the forehand aspect, Srikanth focused that nook repeatedly. The previous world No. 1 led 9-6 at one stage, solely to see Loh come again strongly by successful six straight factors.