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All England Open 2018: Kidambi Srikanth vs Brice Leverdez, Live Match Updates

Srikanth def Leverdez 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 to enter R2
Updated: 14 March 2018 19:30 IST - Published: 14 March 2018 14:58 IST
And Srikanth has given India its first win of the All England Open 2018.

Can PV Sindhu join him in R2?

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That was seriously survival of the fittest! Srikanth had to dig deep and save a match point to enter the second round of the All England Open.

It took him some time to get into the groove after being completely outplayed in the opener....after that it was all Sri show until the mid-game interval of the decider. And what a comeback from Brice that was from that point! He sowed the seeds of doubt in Sri's mind again and even held a match point.

But in the end, he rushed things too much and Sri showed his calm demeanour, like he has done so many times in the past under pressure!

Having said all that, Sri cannot afford to have those slow starts...they can become quite costly against a higher-accomplished opponent.
Pheeew! What a match that was! Till the end, nobody knew which way it would go!
Final score: Srikanth def Leverdez 7-21, 21-14, 22-20 in 59 minutes
And Brice pushes the shuttle wide!

Srikanth wins!!!!!
Now Brice misses it in haste!

Sri 21-20
Great job from Sri!


Body shot from Brice!

Match point
Brice sends the shuttle out!

Quick change of direction stumps Sri.

19-18 to Brice
Another unforced error!

Sri went for a smash but put it into the net.

And it is 18-16 for Srikanth
Gopi is shouting instructions!
Crosscourt smash from Sri!

And the game continues to be tight.

Now Sri looking hesitant again.

Too much rush from Brice!

He sends it out.

A flying Sri finds his half smash.

He gets a vital point back.

Sri has to settle in soon for time is running out!
Some doubts clearly showing in Sri's face.

Brice up to 14-12
Sri misses a backhand!

Sri cannot pick up Brice's cross drop!

Tense times!
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