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Kidambi Srikanth vs Viktor Axelsen Livescore and Commentary India Open Second Round

Kidambi Srikanth lose to Viktor Axelsen, 7-21, 11-21
Updated: 30 March 2017 18:48 IST - Published: 30 March 2017 17:46 IST
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The Dane really walked all over the Indian who looks nowhere near his best.
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And that's it. Another shot that is just too long and Axelsen has made this look just too easy. 
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The Rio Olympic quarter-finalist is staring down a tame defeat.
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But Axelsen again hits back with two points of his own. This is not going to end well for Srikanth.
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11-16 Srikanth working Axelsen well and induces a wide shot from the third-seed.
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And finally, Srikanth gets a point back. But this will take a monumental effort from the Indian to make a comeback.
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And now six points on the trot. Axelsen is cruising.
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The length of Srikanth's shots is really worrisome. Not much purchase and the third seed is pulling away again. Three points on the trot.


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What a lovely rally and Axelsen is fully stretched at the net. Dives to keep the point alive but Srikanth prods it to win the point.
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Axelsen quickly hits back to get his serve back. 8-7 to the Dane.
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Srikanth working the nets and forces two consecutive errors now. Back at 7 a piece.
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But time and again Axelsen is proving to be a class apart. Easy finish to make it 7-5
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A nice smash to the backhand side from Srikanth and that's 5-5. A much better effort from the Indian.
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But Srikanth is making a run back into the game. Two points on the trot to make it 2-2.
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And the second begins on the same note as Kidambi is too long with his dab to the right hand corner.
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Axelsen has stormed through the first game. Kidambi totally outclassed.
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Axelsen is of course the third seed in the tournament whilst Srikanth is coming off a long injury lay-off which has seen his raking drop outside the top 30.

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Meanwhile, Sai Praneeth put up a gutsy effort to edge past the Japanese qualifier Kenta Nishimoto 16-21, 21-12, 21-19 in a marathon battle that lasted one hour two minutes.


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His elder brother, Sourabh, also won, making it a great day for the Verma family. The reigning national champion triumphed 21-13, 21-16 over countryman HS Prannoy, who is ranked 26thpresently, 15 places above Sourabh. 


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The Indian men have already been making noise in the tournament. Sameer Verma, the Syed Modi International men’s singles champion played a sensational match in the first round to stun the fourth seed and World No. 5 Son Wan Ho of Korea, 21-17, 21-10 in 45 minutes.


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The Dane, meanwhile eliminated the India No. 1 Ajay Jayaram, 23-21, 21-17 in his first round encounter.


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Srikanth, who is currently World No. 31 avenged his All England Championships first round defeat to Zhao Junpeng by notching up a 21-19, 21-16 win in 32 minutes in the first round over here at Delhi.
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The final a couple of years ago was a gruelling one in which Srikanth ultimately prevailed 18-21, 21-13, 21-12


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Kidambi Srikanth in fact beat Viktor Axelsen in the final to win the India Open title in 2015.