World No.9 Kidambi Srikanth defeated his arch-nemesis Tian Houwei, who is ranked No.8 in the world, in straight games as Indian men’s team defeated China 3-2 to top Group MA in the of the men’s team event in the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.
The Guntur lad looked in full flow in the contest dominating the smashes and the net play to outclass
Men’s doubles pairs were the weakest links in India’s armoury, and it proved right once again as Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy went down 20-22, 11-21 to Li Junhui and Qiu Zihan, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar were defeated by Wang Yilv and Zhang Wen 10-21, 18-21.
Ajay Jayaram defeated World No.11 Wang Zhengming 22-20, 15-21, 21-18 in a closely-fought encounter in the second men’s singles. The Chinese shuttler was leading 14-10 at one point in the first game before Jayaram clawed his way back into the game by winning four consecutive points to level the points and then matched his opponent point for point before winning it 22-20. But the second game turned out to be a totally different contest with Wang looking more confident with his play and won it 21-15. The third game also proved to be a nail-biter of a contest with both players matching each other shot for shot from the start to the finish. With both players tied at 18-18, Jayaram added three consecutive points to win the third and the final game 21-18.
With the scores tied at 2-2, HS Prannoy took on Shi Yuqi in the third men’s singles tie and easily won it 21-14, 21-10 with the 19-year old youngster proving no match for the Indian. Apart from a brief period in the first game, which saw