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Kidambi Srikanth hits so fast, I can’t reach his smashes: Chou Tien Chen

Written by Shivani Naik
| Mumbai |

October 17, 2020 11:38:10 pm





Chou Tien Chen beat Kidambi Srikanth within the quarter finals of Denmark Open on Friday. (Source: Reuters)

Pushing World No. 2 Chou Tien Chen to witless vexation may be a very good begin and finish to top-level badminton for Kidambi Srikanth in 2020. But the true take a look at begins now, say members of his group. “Coming from 25 per cent to 60 after the lockdown might be easier. But the difficult challenge starts now in the coming three months of going from 80 per cent to 100,” says coach/physio Kiran Challangundla.

After assessing the place he stands in Denmark enjoying the quarterfinals and shedding in three, Srikanth will now undertake the riskier part of his return. “Strength was an issue when Srikanth returned in August. While his first month was spent on the basics of the game with new coach Agus, the last one month was about speed and endurance. But whatever spurt you see in his game is merely because he’s fresh mentally,” Kiran says. “His physical conditioning is just at 80 percent, I’d say.”



Even at four-fifths his potential, Srikanth managed to unnerve Chou. “I think Srikanth is a very good player. His smash is good, net skills are all potent and I need to focus all the time when I play him because if you give him a chance he’ll be quick to kill,” the Chinese Taipei participant advised BWF on Friday.

“Every time, he’ll find different location (to hit), and sometimes when he smashes, I can’t even reach the shuttle he’s that fast,” Chou added of the fiery pace that drew lots out of him. “When I play him, I need to use my skill to push him to make mistakes,” he stated, including that he needed to alter plans drastically after shedding the primary set. “In the first set, he played too fast in the last few points. He’d play a half-smash and quickly go to the net for the kill. Thank god, my plans worked in the decider,” a visibly relieved Chou stated.

For Srikanth, it wasn’t a nasty outing given the way in which he performed towards a top-4 opponent. Having confronted a torrid time with accidents final two seasons, simply discovering his physique able to following the directions of his artistic thoughts will need to have been a reduction.

Denmark Open Badminton Live Score Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Live Streaming Kidambi Srikanth fought exhausting nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient as he misplaced 22-20, 13-21, 16-21 to Chou Tien Chen on Friday. (Source: File)

“There were lots of positives and negatives from this match. I just want to go back and sit with my coach and analyse this situation,” Srikanth advised BWF. While including that just a few factors at 8-all within the second and 6-7 within the decider might’ve gone his means (he fell lax), it reminded him that there are not any simple factors at this degree. “Against the top guys, you have to be at your best throughout the match,” he added.

While Denmark was additionally a way to check how his working equation with Indonesian coach Agus was going, Srikanth appeared pleased to not be rushed into issues. “It’s been two months since I started training with the new coach. It helped us understand where we are,” he stated.

For his teaching group in India, the three matches have been mildly scratchy with nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand suggesting Srikanth’s internet play might do with some creativeness. For Kiran, it was essential that Srikanth didn’t overtrain throughout the lockdown. “Our biggest concern was that there should be no injury because we were not in Guntur to monitor. Because many athletes were assuming tournaments would start. Our instructions were ‘don’t push till we can see you directly’ and thankfully, athlete, Gopi bhaiyya, foreign coach and me were on the same page on this,” he says.

The intention is to focus on 100 per cent health for all shuttlers by December finish (which explains why Saina Nehwal too was not eager on speeding again) and never be result-oriented until that point. Olympic qualifying meets received’t begin till the tip of February. “No undue pressure till then. We have three months to hit 100 per cent,” Kiran stated.

Most importantly, Srikanth is trying wanting to play as soon as extra, and shoulders will not be slumping anymore however loading an almighty whip into his well-known smash.

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