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All England Open 2018, Round 2: Kidambi Srikanth vs Huang Yuxiang, Live Match Updates

Yuxiang def Srikanth 21-11, 15-21, 22-20 in 52 minutes to enter QFs
Updated: 16 March 2018 01:02 IST - Published: 15 March 2018 20:46 IST
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Final score: Yuxiang def Srikanth 21-11, 15-21, 22-20 in 52 minutes to enter QFs
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Hopefully Srikanth will learn from these mistakes and can make improvements. The slow starts are a cause of botheration and he needs to overcome that first. Let us hope Srikanth is able to build some rhythm and confidence before the Commonwealth Games.
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Errors just reared their ugly head at the wrong time and Yuxiang just raised his level sensing his opponent's indecisive play.
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That was certainly heartbreaking for Srikanth and Indian badminton fans. Srikanth will rue those mistakes..he had two chances to progress into the quarter-finals of the All England Open for the first time in his career and he unfortunately squandered them both.
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And Huang makes Srikanth pay for his erratic play at the most crucial juncture.

Srikanth sends the shuttle wide and it is match to Yuxiang!
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And Srikanth fumbles at the net!

Match point to Huang
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And it is all level!

20-20
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The Chinese saves one through an error from Sri at the net!

19-20
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TWO MATCH POINTS FOR SRIKANTH!!!

20-18
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It's 19-17 to the Indian
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Five points in a row now! This is some turnaround!


18-16
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FOUR POINTS IN A ROW FOR SRIKANTH!!!

17-16
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Yet another winner from the Indian!

Has he woken up?

16-16
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Body smash from Srikanth!

15-16
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Huang got blocked by the net after racing away to 16-13
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And he adds yet another point to make Sri's life even more difficult!

15-12
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And finally the Chinese builds a two-point advantage here.


14-12
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Srikanth is giving him opportunities through his erratic play but the Chinese too is paying him back through his own errors.

13-12 to Yuxiang
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The game continues at a slow pace and there's hardly anything to separate the two.

The Chinese once more has a tiny lead of 12-11
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Yuxiang goes into the interval with a slender 11-10 lead
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None is able to build a good lead

9-9
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Srikanth forces the Chinese to err through his swift returns.

8-8
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It's all level at 7-7
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And two more points go Srikanth's way as well!

He has wrested away the lead now!


7-6
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And the Indian is showing his impressive fighting skills once more as he comes storming back to 5-6
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Srikanth has gone quiet in the last few minutes as Yuxiang is looking more aggressive.

The Chinese is up 5-2
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Yuxiang is being pro-active now and surges to 3-1
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Game 3

It's 1-1 in the decider
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Body smash from the Indian to complete the game in style!

Srikanth bags the second game 21-15
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SIX GAME POINTS FOR SRIKANTH!!!


20-14
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The same pattern continues...errors galore from the Chinese!

Sri 19-12
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And Yuxiang can't handle Srikanth's aggressive and fast play....he throws the shuttle OUT!

Srikanth 17-11
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The Chinese gifts yet another point through a loose service 

10-16
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Points are coming thick and fast for the World No. 2 as he is pretty much toying with his opponent.

What a contrast from Game 1!

15-8
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And it's 14-6
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Srikanth picks up from where he left and adds two more points.

It's all child's play for him now!

13-5
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A BIG, BIG SMASH FROM SRIKANTH TO GO INTO THE MID-GAME INTERVAL WITH AN 11-5 LEAD
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The lead is still of FOUR points!

9-5
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Look at Sri's footspeed, alertness and his reach....this is the Srikanth we all know!

He is up 8-4
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Srikanth needs to be careful here....Yuxiang has pulled back three points on the trot and now trails 4-6
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It's all working in favour of the Indian now....how long can he hold on to it?

6-1
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And 4-1 it is
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And it's 3-1 for the indian...moving much better
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A much better start from the Indian in Game 2

He is up 2-0
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Worrying signs for the Indian...he is suffering from a slow start yet again! If he doesn't amp up the intensity right from the start of Game 2, Srikanth will be in trouble!
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Yuxiang bags the first game 21-11
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10 game points for the Chinese as Srikanth sends the shuttle wide!

20-10
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It's a 10-point difference now!

Yuxiang is up 19-9
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And 17-8 it is for Yuxiang.

Flurry of points for the Chinese as Srikanth isn't doing much
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