Srikanth’s Thrilling Comeback Stuns Jonatan Christie in Malaysia Open Opener

Srikanth's comeback triumphs over Christie in Malaysia Open, signaling a promising start to the badminton season.

In a spectacular display of resilience, Kidambi Srikanth orchestrated a remarkable comeback to advance to the second round of the Malaysia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament. The 30-year-old Indian, hailing from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, overcame World No. 5 Indonesian Jonatan Christie in a gripping three-game encounter on Tuesday.

Facing a lean phase, Srikanth bounced back from a set down, securing a thrilling 12-21, 21-18, 21-16 victory over the sixth-seeded Christie in a match that lasted one hour and five minutes. The former World No. 1 showcased his determination and attacking prowess, setting the stage for an enthralling tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

Srikanth, a silver medallist at the 2021 World Championships, has often grappled with early exits in recent times. However, the seasoned shuttler exhibited fine form against Christie, known for their competitive history with Srikanth securing victory six times in their 11 meetings.

With Parupalli Kashyap in the coach’s chair, Srikanth faced an initial setback in the opening game, trailing 4-7. Despite Christie’s dominance, Srikanth turned the tide in the second game, overcoming an 11-7 deficit to clinch a crucial win. The decider witnessed intense rallies, with Christie initially leading 14-9, but Srikanth’s attacking returns and strategic placements spurred a seven-point surge, ultimately securing a hard-fought victory.

Srikanth’s journey in the Malaysia Open continues as he sets sights on the second round clash against Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus. The thrilling comeback against a top-ranked opponent marks a promising start to the new season for the Indian badminton ace.

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