Indonesia Open 2023: Kidambi Srikanth lost to Li Shi Feng in the quarterfinal

In a thrilling encounter at the prestigious Indonesia Open 2023, Kidambi Srikanth suffered a defeat in the quarterfinals.

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In a thrilling encounter at the prestigious Indonesia Open 2023 badminton tournament, India's top-ranked shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered a defeat in the quarterfinals against China's Li Shi Feng in Jakarta on Friday.

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Indonesia Open 2023: Kidambi Srikanth lost to Li Shi Feng in the quarterfinal | Sportz Point

The win enabled Feng to restore parity on the head-to-head record against Srikanth, which stands at 1-1 now. Image- Millennium Post

Kidambi Srikanth, known for his aggressive style of play and powerful smashes, faced a formidable challenge in the form of Li Shi Feng and lost 14-21 21-14 12-21 in one hour and nine minutes to exit from the Indonesia Open 2023 tournament. The win enabled Feng to restore parity on the head-to-head record against Srikanth, which stands at 1-1 now. In the battle between Srikanth and Feng, both of whom were unseeded here. The Chinese came out on top in the first game despite getting off the blocks slowly.

In the first game, No.22 Srikanth opened up an early 2-0 lead before Feng bounced back with five straight points with Indian guilty of committing too many unforced errors. The initial lead was what Srikanth could manage as his Chinese opponent upped his game as the match progressed to take a 11-7 lead at the game break. Feng's court coverage and anticipation were way better than his opponent, who made a number of mistakes near the net. Barring a few glimpses of his old self, Srikanth looked completely off-colour. Feng continued to increase his lead executing drop shots with precision and body smashes to easily pocket the first game.

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After a close contest initially in the second game, it was Srikanth who bounced back in style with perfect smashes. He wore out his Chinese opponent by playing from front to back of the court to take a 11-6 lead. Srikanth rode on his aggressive play near the net to take points. He eventually close out the second game in his favor to level the scores.

But Srikanth failed to continue in the same vein in the decider. Feng raced to a five-point lead at the mid-game interval. After that, the Chinese received medical attention for his heavily strapped left foot. But the injury hardly had any effect on the Chinese shuttler's game as Srikanth failed to close the gap in the third game. 

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