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As it happened: Srikanth Kidambi vs Sergey Sirant, 21-13, 21-12

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedAug 21, 2017 20:09 IST

Srikanth Kidambi won 21-13, 21-12

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20:09 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And with that, we wrap up our liveblog.

Here's hoping for more such performances from Team India. 

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the World Championships.

Goodbye!

20:07 (IST)21 AUG 2017

There was no stutter or stumble from the India No.1. It was the best possible start he could ask for! And the signs are bright for the rest of his campaign.

20:06 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The eighth seed next faces the World No. 63 Lucas Corvee of France for a place in the pre-quarter-finals.

19:56 (IST)21 AUG 2017

This is Srikanth's 11th consecutive win after his earlier title wins at the Indonesia Open and the Australia Open.

19:55 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Great start for Team India's singles campaign!!

19:56 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And it's over! Sri gets it, 21-13, 21-12

19:56 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Eight match points for Sri!

19:56 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And Sirant gets another point...12-19

19:55 (IST)21 AUG 2017

A rare crosscourt forehand miss from Sri

19:54 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant fumbles at the net...it is 19-10 to Sri

19:53 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And 18-9 it is

19:53 (IST)21 AUG 2017

16-9 for Sri....effortless so far

19:53 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Remember Sirant did win the Russian Open last month but Srikanth has been a different kind of a test altogether

19:52 (IST)21 AUG 2017

14-8 it is for the Indian

19:51 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Currently, there is no department where he is lagging behind.

19:50 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri's defence is top-notch. He is ahead 13-6

19:46 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant gets a couple of points but that is not good enough to stall the Srikanth juggernaut. The Indian is ahead 11-5 at the interval.

19:44 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant is currently clueless about how to tackle Srikanth. The Indian has a big 9-3 lead

19:43 (IST)21 AUG 2017

One-way traffic again...7-2 for the Indian

19:42 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And he builds on it...5-2

19:42 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri has been effective in extracting errors from Sirant....Sri leads 4-2

19:41 (IST)21 AUG 2017

All level so far...2-2

19:40 (IST)21 AUG 2017

SECOND GAME

Sri has hardly been tested so far. Can Sirant come up with something special?

19:38 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And Srikanth has it in the bag....21-13

19:37 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant saves one

19:37 (IST)21 AUG 2017

EIGHT GAME POINTS for the Indian...20-12

19:36 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant makes a challenge but he is unsuccessful. That only bolsters Sri further. The Indian is now up 19-12

19:35 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sirant tries to make a last effort to come back into this game...12-17

19:35 (IST)21 AUG 2017

So far, no hiccup for the eighth seed.

19:35 (IST)21 AUG 2017

SIX-POINT LEAD for the India No. 1

19:34 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri has increased his lead to 15-9 now

19:33 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The southpaw Sirant seems to have rolled his foot but nothing serious there!

19:33 (IST)21 AUG 2017

It is 14-7 for the India No. 1

19:32 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The battle is mostly on the forecourt now....Sri leads 12-7

19:30 (IST)21 AUG 2017

And Sri leads 11-6 at the interval

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And the Indian quickly makes amends to jump to 10-6

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But the Russian manages to get a couple of points to close the gap to 6-8...Sri cannot afford to slip here

19:29 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri is looking confident and determined. It is reflected in his performance so far...8-5

19:29 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Beautiful touches at the net from the India no. 1..8-3

19:28 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri has jumped to 7-2

19:27 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The Russian finally gets another point...2-6

19:27 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri looking very sharp...6-1

19:27 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Smooth sailing so far...Sri is up 5-1

19:26 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Sri inches ahead to 3-1 and quickly makes it 4-1

19:26 (IST)21 AUG 2017

Srikanth has taken a mini 2-1 lead

19:25 (IST)21 AUG 2017

We are under way!

1-1 to begin with

19:21 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The preceding match has just finished and Srikanth will be on the court soon.

18:54 (IST)21 AUG 2017

We are now just a few minutes away from the India No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi's first round. It is scheduled to begin in about another 10-12 minutes. Stay tuned.

17:44 (IST)21 AUG 2017

ICYMI: India's doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy entered Round 2 earlier after being given a walkover.

More details here!

16:24 (IST)21 AUG 2017

The 2017 BWF Championships has begun. There's still some time to go for India's first match.
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