India's Kidambi Srikanth clinched a historic silver medal at the BWF World Championship after going down to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
Kidambi Srikanth clinched a historic silver medal at the BWF World Championship 2021 in Huelva, Spain after going down to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final on Sunday. It was the best ever performance by an Indian men’s shuttler at the World championship. The Former World No.1 lost 15-21, 20-22 to the 24-year-old Malaysian-born shuttler. Meanwhile his young compatriot Lakshya Sen finished with a bronze medal after losing his semifinal fixture to Srikanth.
All the hardwork seems to pay off! 🥈 Reaching the finals of the World Championship was massively fulfilling, and I am extremely grateful to each one of you for your constant love & support! 🇮🇳🙏 #BWFWorldChampionship2021 #Huelva2021 #Badminton pic.twitter.com/qss6vsS9hd
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) December 20, 2021
Lakshya has now joined the likes of legendary Prakash Padukone and Sai Prameeth who had won bronze in 1983 and 2019 respectively while Sriaknth has bettered them by going one step further.
It is the first time India has won two medals in men’s singles at the World Champions. Previously PV Sindhu had won the gold in 2019 while she also has two silvers and two bronze medals to her name. But this time around she was defeated by Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinal stage. Saina claimed the silver in 2015 and a bronze in 2017.
Akane Yamaguchi of Japan won the title in the women’s singles event after defeating World No. 1 Tai in straight sets. Tai suffered a 21-14, 21-11 defeat in just 39 minutes. Second seeded Yamaguchi became only the second women’s singles player from Japan to secure the World championship title.
Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai won the mixed doubles title as they defeated Japanese duo Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino in straight games, 21-13, 21-14 in the final match.
Japan’s Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi became the men’s doubles champions while the Chinese duo of Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan took the gold in women’s doubles.
— BWF (@bwfmedia) December 20, 2021
Loh Kean Yew beat Kidambi Srikanth: 21-15, 22-20
Akane Yamaguchi beat Tai Tzu Ying:21-14, 21-11
Takuro Hoki/ Yugo Kobayashi beat He Ji Ting/ tan Qiang: 21-12, 21-18
Chen Qing Chen/ jia Yi Fa n beat Lee Sohee/ Shin Seungchan: 21-16, 21-17
Dechapol Puavaranukroh/ Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat Yuta Watanabe/ Arisa Higashino: 21-13, 21-14