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Srikanth beats Lin to reach Denmark Open quarters
October 20, 2018
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Odense: World No.8 Kidambi Srikanth came from behind to beat Lin Dan to reach the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open on Thursday.

Srikanth took 1 hour and 3 minutes to register a thrilling win over world No.12 Lin Dan 18-21, 21-17, 21-16.

This was their first meeting since the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-final clash, where the Indian suffered a close defeat. Srikanth looked much calmer and wiser in his sensational victory over the Chinese superstar.

Earlier, Sameer Verma pulled off a massive victory against Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia to reach the quarter-finals in Odense.

World No.23 Sameer took an hour and 10 minutes to upstage world No.13 Christie 23-21, 6-21, 22-20 in the last 16. This was Sameer’s second victory over Christie in as many meetings. The two last met in Vietnam Open 2015.

Sameer and Christie remained neck-and-neck in the first game judging each other and playing each other all over the court. He saved a game point and needed two himself to take the first game 23-21.

However, Christie completely outplayed Sameer in the second game -- a game where Sameer could win just two consecutive points.

Christie forced the match into the decider with utmost ease but Sameer turned up once more in the final game.

Sameer put up a much better show in the final game and even though Christie saved three match points, Sameer managed to take the match in his fourth opportunity and entered the quarter-finals.

Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals with a brilliant 21-15, 21-17 victory over world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in just 36 minutes.

This was only the second victory for Saina over Yamaguchi in eight meetings. Saina had lost to the Japanese the last six times these two faced each other. In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy inflicted a massive upset in the tournament as they beat seventh seed Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 18-21, 22-20, 21-18 to advance to the quarter-finals.


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