Having lost in the finals of the India Open men’s singles on Sunday, Srikanth Kidambi enunciated that he did not try anything different which became the cause for his defeat. The former world no. one blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21 20-22 to Axelsen with which his hopes to end his ongoing trophy drought came crashing. Also Read - Malaysian Open Postponed, Big Setback For Indian Shuttlers
It was the Indian’s first final in a BWF world tour event in 17 months. He had last won a title at the 2017 French Open. Also Read - Olympic Hopes All But Over For Saina Nehwal And Kidambi Srikanth as Indian Team Withdraws From Malaysian Open
“I have not played anything differently and I think that was the reason I lost, I should have tried something different,” Kidambi told reporters during the post-match conference. Also Read - Orleans Masters: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal And Ira Sharma Enter Quarter Finals
Axelsen subjugated Kidambi in the first set and the latter looked tenuous as the former won the set by 21-7. Axelsen continued his domination during the second set as well but Kidambi gave a tough fight this time around but not enough to win the set consequently Axelsen won the second set by 22-20 as well as the title.
Accessing his performance, Kidambi opined that, “I was a little slow, gave him too many chances to attack but I think I came back well in the second set but he was a little brave in the end to pull out those point in such a way.”
“For me, I am just very happy with the way it has been for me. I do not really want to complaint anything about my previous matches, if I would not have fought that, I would not have been here today, I just want to take it the way it comes to me,” he added.
(With ANI Inputs)