Just wasn't able to finish it, says world championships silver medallist Srikanth

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who has become the first Indian man to win a silver medal at the BWF World Championships, rued his inability to convert his chances in the summit clash after the defeat on Sunday.
Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth (Image Courtesy: ANI)
Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth (Image Courtesy: ANI)


Singapore's Loh Kean Yew defeated Kidambi in the final 21-15, 22-20. The match lasted for 43 minutes. Srikanth credited his opponent for keeping up the pressure all through the match.
"I had my chances in both games. I had a healthy lead in the opening game. Overall, I just wasn't able to finish it, but he played very well. Sometimes these things happen. I tried to stay in the match, and it worked in the second game," the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) website quoted Srikanth as saying. This is the first time that a men's player from Singapore has won gold at the BWF World Championships.
Srikanth recalled his previous clash with Loh Kean Yew and said the player from Singapore has taken his game a level up. "Last time I played him was four years ago, that's a very long time. He has matured as a player, and he did very well," said Kidambi.
Coming to the final match, the 12th-seeded Indian came out all guns blazing and took an early 9-3 lead, but Yew bounced back, winning the first game 21-15. Srikanth was left with all to do in the second game if he wanted to keep his hopes alive of walking away with a gold medal.
Yew carried on with his momentum and he wrapped up the match in straight games.

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