India’s medal hopeful Kidambi Srikanth lost match to five-time world Badminton champion Lin Dan 21-6, 11-21, 21-18, at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
The match was tough as the 11 ranked Kidambi put up a good fight against the two-time Olympic champion in the men’s badminton quarter-finals.
“There is a lot to learn from that match. Hope I will be back again much stronger,” Srikanth told ANI, after conceding defeat in the crucial third game, which he lost to 18-21.
“My start was not good in the first game. I did too many mistakes in the beginning. Being aggressive in the second game worked out really well and I tried to continue it throughout the match but those simple mistakes cost me the game,” Srikanth told ANI after the grueling match.
“I felt I had really good chance of beating him but unfortunately I couldn’t capitalise on the lead I got in the third game, ” he added hoping to perform better in the future.
After a very disappointing start in the first game which was easily won by Lin 21-6, Kidambi Srikanth tried his level best to come back by amazing the Chinese player by winning the second game 21-11.
However, Lin’s experience and speedy movements came in the way of Srikanth in the match that lasted over 60 minutes.
Srikanth had earlier beaten Lin at the 2014 China Open Super Series final. His performance at the tournament had won him praises from all, including Lin, who called Srikanth as a complete player.
Now he has to wait another five long years to realise his hopes of bagging his career’s lone-Olympic medal. However, the 23-year old player is hopeful entering the Olympic fora again. He complimented fellow-player PV Sindhu in her next match to clinch second medal for India.
“She has been playing really well throughout the tournament. I hope she continues the same form for the next two matches and win a medal for us,” he told ANI.