Kidambi Srikanth, one of India ‘s best singles singles, said he was getting better day by day and claimed he was only one big win away from regaining lost form on the BWF track.
Kidambi Srikanth got off to a bad start on Thursday, losing 12-21, 16-21 to Shi Yu Qi of China as India was outplayed 1-4 at the BWF Thomas Cup match in Aarhus, Denmark on Thursday.
Kidambi Srikanth, who enjoyed a 4-1 score against his Chinese opponent, could not count as he fought.
Speaking to reporters and the BWF after the game, the versatile single player said he lacks consistency, something that is needed in games with big tickets. He said:
“I felt like I was playing well in patches. I lack consistency and I have to work on it. Otherwise, I feel like I’m playing well. I gave him (Shi Yu Qi) too many points in a row in both the first and second set. I feel the key is to reduce mistakes “Otherwise I’m upstairs and I feel like I’m just one big away win.”
Kidambi Srikanth struggled to find form earlier and could not convert points when it was important to lose the tie. Speaking about the match, Kidambi Srikanth said:
“I really think it’s more about reducing easy mistakes. I want to keep being consistent. I started the second set well and went well to about 10-8 and then gave six to seven points in a row. I avoided that, it could have been even one. “
Kidambi Srikanth gains confidence
The versatile Indian single player was not in shape in the recent past, but he pulled his socks well. With enough practice in the match, Kidambi Srikanth feels he is getting better with his game, thus improving his self-confidence as well.
“I see that I’m playing better than my first match in the Sudirman Cup so far. It’s just about gaining confidence and playing big games. There are about eight to ten players playing on the track, and it’s about playing more games with them and enough practice in match. “
Satwik-Chirag happy to have won over China
After Kidambi Srikanth gave India a bad start, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty helped India establish parity after beating He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-14, 21-14 in doubles.
Speaking about the match, Chirag said that both he and Satwiksairaj were clear in their game plan and that they performed well.
“It was a good game. The tactics we wanted to play and our game plans worked. We are happy to have won a point for India.”
Satwiksairaj admitted that the game was much easier than they thought. He said that they did not think about the victory of the Chinese pair in two sets and that they will surely play the third. But sticking to their plans helped them achieve a direct victory. He said:
“We never thought we could easily beat China. We were preparing for a tough match. I was ready for the third game. But we stuck to our plans and played consistently and calmed down after every point with a little break.”
Sameer Verma loses the golden chance
India’s second single player Sameer Verma failed to bring India 2-1 ahead and lost four match points to lose in singles to Lu Guang Zu. His loss was India’s second in the men’s singles after Kidambi Srikanth lost the first match of the evening.
Sameer Verma failed to keep the cold and lost the match, giving China a key 2-1 lead and a winning momentum.
Speaking about the match, Sameer said that although he lost the match, he felt he was in good shape. He added:
“I think I’m playing well. In the third set, at the age of 20-17, he (Guang Zu) managed to score the last few points at the box office. I have to focus on converting those points. I think I was good with respecting my movement and game With a blow. “
After a 5-0 win against the Netherlands and Tahiti, it was India’s first defeat in the Thomas Cup. With two wins, India advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.