India’s badminton ace Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the next round of the Denmark Open on Wednesday, which would see a second-round match against the legendary Lin Dan after sailing through, against Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus on Wednesday. Also Read - Kidambi Srikanth Suggests Rescheduling of Cancelled Events to Make Olympics Run-Up Smoother
The world number six just took 35 minutes to overcome the challenger from Denmark, Vittinghus, defeating her 21-16 21-10 in the opening round of the tournament, to win USD 7,75,000 (55,24,090 rupees) Also Read - Saina Nehwal Shocked After Taiwanese Athlete at All England Tests Positive For COVID19
Srikanth has lost three of his four matches against Dan but the Chinese great is not the force he once was. The former world number one is now placed 14th in the international rankings. The only win came at the China Open in 2014. Also Read - All England Open 2020: PV Sindhu Beats Beiwen Zhang to Advance Into Second Round, Kidambi Srikanth Knocked Out
In their previous encounters, Srikanth was defeated three out of four times, however, former world number one Lin Dan is now not in the same form as he was before and the Chinese has now dropped to 14th place in the international rankings.
The Denmark Open could witness a historic all-Indian quarter-final men’s draw, should the duo of Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma defeat their opponents, with the latter taking on Asiad gold medallist Jonathan Christie.
In the women’s doubles event, Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy stormed into the second round after breezing through the American duo of Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee with the score of 21-7 21-11.
India’s double pair of Meghanna Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha crashed out of the tournament after being defeated by Sweden’s duo of Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson with the score of 17-21 11-21.