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BWF World Championships 2021 Semi-final Highlights: Kidambi Srikanth Creates History, Becomes First Ever Indian Male Shuttler to Enter Final as Lakshya Sen Takes Bronze

Check here Kidambi Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen live score and latest updates from their BWF BWF World Championships 2021 semi-final match.

News18.com | December 19, 2021, 00:04 IST
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Badminton World Championships Semi-final Highlights: Former world No 1 Kidambi Srikanth defeated Lakshya Sen in an epic semi-final clash of the BWF World Championships 2021 on Saturday. Srikanth, a former world No. 1, came back from a game down to win 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 to enter a maiden final while Lakshya returns home with a first ever bronze from the championship. Read More

Dec 18, 2021 23:53 IST

Srikanth to Contest For Gold

What a thriller this has been. Kidambi Srikanth sailed through his quarter-final clash yesterday but tonight he’s been pushed to the limits by the young Lakshya Sen who was aiming to become the youngest finalist in the history of the event. Lakshya took one step towards achieving that when he pocketed the opening game 21-17 but then Srikanth kept his cool to bounce back in the next game, winning it 21-14. The decider turned out to be another nail-biter with the 28-year-old Srikanth edging ahead, winning it 21-17. Lakshya will have to remain contend with a bronze but Srikanth will be back on this court tomorrow for the gold medal match.

Dec 18, 2021 23:48 IST

Kidambi Srikanth Enters Final

He’s done it. What an epic comeback this has been from Kidambi Srikanth who staves off a strong challenge from Lakshya Sen to win the decider 21-17 as he seals a memorable win to enter the world championship final. He becomes the first ever Indian male shuttler to enter the final of the event.

Dec 18, 2021 23:46 IST

Badminton World Championships Semifinal Live

Game 3: Another marathon rally and Lakshya Sen with a great deception but it falls wide. Kidambi Srikanth leads 20-17.

Dec 18, 2021 23:45 IST

Srikanth vs Lakshya Live Score

Boom! Kidambi Srikanth is going for the kill. A powerful return and he now is just two points away from the final.

Dec 18, 2021 23:44 IST

BWF World Championships Live Score

Game 3: A deceptive shot from Kidambi Srikanth as he edges ahead, again, in this cat and mouse game. 17-16 to Srikanth right now.

Dec 18, 2021 23:43 IST

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen Live Updates

Game 3: Oh dear me! Kidambi Srikanth is pushed to the limits by Lakshya Sen before he produces a clever, risky shot to win his third straight points and takes lead at 16-15.

Dec 18, 2021 23:41 IST

Badminton World Championships Semifinal Live

Game 3: A wide shot leaves Kidambi Srikanth disappointed before Lakshya Sen opens up a two-point cushion with a powerful shot. However, Srikanth crawls back with a cross-court shot. And then makes it 15-all.

Dec 18, 2021 23:39 IST

Srikanth vs Lakshya Live Score

Game 3: A rare unforced error from Lakshya Sen as he crashes smash into his own half. Kidambi Srikanth draws level at 13-13.

Dec 18, 2021 23:36 IST

BWF World Championships Live Score

Game 3: Superb defense from Lakshya Sen as he pushes Kidambi Srikanth back and then attacks to leave his opponent on all fours. Lakshya leads 13-10

Dec 18, 2021 23:34 IST

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen Live Updates

Game 3: Two marathon rallies to start with after the break and Kidambi Srikanth comes out on top both the times. He reduces the gap to one point now, trailing 10-11.

Dec 18, 2021 23:32 IST

Badminton World Championships Semifinal Live

Lakshya Sen takes the lead at 11-8 at the mid-game interval of the third and final game vs Kidambi Srikanth.

Dec 18, 2021 23:29 IST

BWF World Championships Live Score

A 43-shot rally! And Kidambi Srikanth concedes the point to Lakshya Sen with a tired-looking shot which falls wide. Lakshya leads 8-7.

Dec 18, 2021 23:28 IST

Badminton World Championships Semifinal Live

Game 3: Kidambi Srikanth keeps on attacking and gets the result. He leads 7-6 before Lakshya Sen bounces back with the body shot to make it 7-7.

Dec 18, 2021 23:26 IST

Badminton World Championships Semifinal Live

A couple of errors hand Lakshya Sen the lead at 5-4 but Lakshya Sen plays a perfect smash to draw level.

Dec 18, 2021 23:24 IST

Srikanth vs Lakshya Live Score

Nicely set up by Kidambi Srikanth who first pushes Lakshya Sen to his left before an angular shot to the right of his opponent gets him the point.

Dec 18, 2021 23:23 IST

Lakshya Sen is Getting Tired

Game 3: A long, fierce rally follows as Kidambi Srikanth stretches Lakshya Sen who looks tired and seems to have lost his pace now. He takes his time before recovering. Srikanth leads 3-1.

Dec 18, 2021 23:21 IST

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen Live Updates

Game 3: A delightful start from Kidambi Srikanth with a slow drop shot to take a 1-0 lead. He tried to be clever again but this time the result wasn’t favourable with Lakshya Sen making it 1-1.

Dec 18, 2021 23:19 IST

Kidambi Is Back

A superb cross court smash seals the deal for Kidambi Srikanth who has pushed the semi-final into the decider. He wins the second game 21-14 to make it 1-1. A remarkable comeback from Srikanth considering he was trailing 4-8 vs Lakshya Sen at one stage.

Dec 18, 2021 23:17 IST

BWF World Championships Live Score

Kidambi Srikanth has got his mojo back. Lakshya Sen is committing errors. Srikanth one point away from winning the game now.

Dec 18, 2021 23:15 IST

Kidambi Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen Live Updates

A fierce rally. Blink and miss stuff. Kidambi Srikanth with a smash wins it and leads 17-14 in Game 2.

Dec 18, 2021 23:53 IST

Srikanth to Contest For Gold

Dec 18, 2021 23:19 IST

Kidambi Is Back

Dec 18, 2021 22:58 IST

Lakshya Sen Leads 1-0

Earlier, Srikanth defeated Dutch badminton player Mark Caljouw 21-8, 21-7 to advance to the semi-finals of the men’s singles event. The 12th seeded Indian used his cross-court smashes to perfection and gave Caljouw no chance, winning the quarter-finals quite comfortably in just 26 minutes.

This is Srikanth’s first final appearance at the world championships and is assured of at least a silver now.

Youngster Lakshya Sen entered the clash after a hard-fought 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 win over China’s Zhao Jun Peng. Lakshya saved a match point at 19-21 and won two more points to assure a bronze medal.

This is the first time that India will have two medals in the men’s singles in the same edition of the badminton world championships. India had only won two men’s singles medals — Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983) and B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019) across world championships history until now.

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