Rio De Janeiro: India’s Kidambi Srikanth went down fighting to two-time defending champion Lin Dan of China in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event of badminton competitions at the Olympic Games here on Wednesday.
Five-time world champion Dan edged World No.11 Srikanth 21-6, 11-21, 21-18.
With this win, the 32-year-old Chinese legend took a 3-1 head-to-head lead against the 23-year-old Indian shuttler.
In the semi-finals, Dan will face his long-time rival and Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei, who crushed Chinese Taipei’s Tou Tien Chen in a dominating 21-9, 21-15 victory.
However, Dan will not be happy with the way he was stretched against Srikanth, who was playing in his maiden Olympics.
In the first game, the pressure of the occasion and his towering opponent mounted over Srikanth as the Chinese surged to an early 5-1 lead and then increased it to 10 points to make it 11-1 in just seven minutes.
Srikanth, however, won two points after that but Dan just got stronger with each point and maintained his Lead.
The Guntur lad, who made a lot of errors with his net play could not found his feet on court and hence surrendered the first game 6-21.