Hong Kong: Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the semifinals of the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Open after Olympic champion Chen Lengthy of China determined to give up the competition owing to an harm, right here on Friday.
Unseeded Srikanth, ranked 13th on the earth, was main by a recreation when Chen determined to concede the match, thus handing the Indian a spot within the last-four of a BWF World Tour occasion for the primary time since March.
The final time Srikanth crossed the quarterfinal stage was on the India Open Tremendous 500. He had completed runners-up on the occasion.
Friday’s triumph was Srikanth’s second profession win over the Chinese language shuttler. The Indian nonetheless trails Chen 2-6 in head-to-head win-loss document.
The one time the 2 shuttlers met this 12 months was within the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open in April the place Chen brushed apart Srikanth’s problem in straight video games.
Srikanth’s lone victory over Chen got here in 2017 when he defeated the Chinese language 22-20 21-16 to win the Australian Open.
The previous world no 1 will subsequent face native favorite Lee Cheuk Yiu on Saturday.
Lee defeated former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14 21-19 in one other quarterfinal.
Srikanth had crushed the 23-year-old Lee in straight video games on the India Open final 12 months of their solely profession assembly.
Within the match, Srikanth opened up a 2-Zero lead early on and stored extending it as Chen struggled along with his motion.
The Indian rapidly jumped to a 15-Four lead at one stage and finally sealed the opening recreation comfortably.
Simply after Srikanth pocketed the primary recreation in simply 15 minutes, world no. Four Chen hung up his racquet to place an finish to the competition.