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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. (Supply: Reuters)

Pushing World No. 2 Chou Tien Chen to witless vexation is perhaps a superb begin and finish to top-level badminton for Kidambi Srikanth in 2020. However the true take a look at begins now, say members of his staff. “Coming from 25 per cent to 60 after the lockdown is perhaps simpler. However the tough problem begins now within 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 dropping in three, Srikanth will now undertake the riskier section of his return. “Power was a difficulty when Srikanth returned in August. Whereas his first month was spent on the fundamentals of the sport with new coach Agus, the final one month was about velocity and endurance. However no matter spurt you see in his sport is merely as a result of he’s recent mentally,” Kiran says. “His bodily conditioning is simply at 80 p.c, I’d say.”

Even at four-fifths his potential, Srikanth managed to unnerve Chou. “I believe Srikanth is an excellent participant. His smash is sweet, web abilities are all potent and I must focus on a regular basis after I play him as a result of for those who give him an opportunity he’ll be fast to kill,” the Chinese language Taipei participant instructed BWF on Friday.

“Each time, he’ll discover completely different location (to hit), and generally when he smashes, I can’t even attain the shuttle he’s that quick,” Chou added of the fiery velocity that drew so much out of him. “After I play him, I would like to make use of my talent to push him to make errors,” he mentioned, including that he needed to alter plans drastically after dropping the primary set. “Within the first set, he performed too quick in the previous few factors. He’d play a half-smash and shortly go to the online for the kill. Thank god, my plans labored within the decider,” a visibly relieved Chou mentioned.

For Srikanth, it wasn’t a nasty outing given the best way he performed in opposition to a top-Four 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 aid.

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

“There have been plenty of positives and negatives from this match. I simply wish to return and sit with my coach and analyse this case,” Srikanth instructed BWF. Whereas including that a couple of factors at 8-all within the second and 6-7 within the decider may’ve gone his manner (he fell lax), it reminded him that there aren’t any simple factors at this stage. “Towards the highest guys, it’s important to be at your greatest all through the match,” he added.

Whereas Denmark was additionally a method to check how his working equation with Indonesian coach Agus was going, Srikanth appeared blissful to not be rushed into issues. “It’s been two months since I began coaching with the brand new coach. It helped us perceive the place we’re,” he mentioned.

For his teaching staff in India, the three matches have been mildly scratchy with nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand suggesting Srikanth’s web play may do with some creativeness. For Kiran, it was essential that Srikanth didn’t overtrain through the lockdown. “Our largest concern was that there needs to be no damage as a result of we weren’t in Guntur to watch. As a result of many athletes have been assuming tournaments would begin. Our directions have been ‘don’t push until we will see you straight’ and fortunately, athlete, Gopi bhaiyya, overseas coach and me have been on the identical web page on this,” he says.

The goal 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 gained’t begin till the tip of February. “No undue stress until then. Now we have three months to hit 100 per cent,” Kiran mentioned.

Most significantly, Srikanth is wanting desperate to play as soon as extra, and shoulders are usually not slumping anymore however loading an almighty whip into his well-known smash.

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