BWF World Championships Updates: Kidambi Srikanth won the second game vs Lakshya Sen.© AFP
2021 BWF World Championships semi-final live updates: Kidambi Srikanth has set up a decider as he won the second game 21-14 after Lakshya Sen won the opening game 21-17 in the all-Indian semi-final clash at the ongoing 2021 BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain. Lakshya Sen had earlier overcome China’s Zhao Jun Peng, 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 in a hard-fought quarter-final match while Kidambi Srikanth cruised past Mark Caljouw, defeating the Dutchman 21-8, 21-7 in 26 minutes in the last eight. India are assured of at least a silver, as well as a bronze medal, regardless of today’s result.
BWF World Championships 2021 Semi-Final: Lakshya Sen vs Kidambi Srikanth, Live From Huelva, Spain
Sen fights back
Sen fights back to take a 5-4 lead.
Srikanth takes a 4-2 lead in the deciding game.
Sen is struggling a bit
Sen seems to be struggling a bit here. A fifty-shot rally just now has further added to his exhaustion.
Srikanth wins second game!
IT’S ALL LEVEL! Srikanth dominates the final stretch of the second game to win it 21-14. The Srikanth-Sen semi-final in Huelva is going the distance
Sen reduces deficit
Sen wins the next two points. Srikanth still ahead 16-14.
Srikanth looks to pull level
Srikanth is 16-12 ahead in the second game. Can he win it to pull level in the match?
Srikanth leads in 2nd game
Srikanth fights back, takes 11-9 lead in the second game.
Srikanth eyes fightback
Sen races to a 8-4 lead but Srikanth wins the next two points to reduce the deficit.
Early lead for Sen in second game
Sen takes a 5-3 lead in the second game.
Lakshya Sen wins the opening game
Advantage Lakshya Sen! The youngster takes the opening game 21-17.
It’s back level again! 16-16!
A very tight contest in Huelva so far. Sen has a slender 13-10 lead
Sen briefly took an 8-7 lead but Srikanth immediately levelled it at 8-8!
Sen pulls level again
And Sen pulls level at 6-6! This has been very close so far.
Early lead for Srikanth
Srikanth has raced to an early lead. He leads Sen 6-4.
Sen pulls level
Lakshya Sen quickly pulls level at 2-2
Srikanth draws first blood
It’s Srikanth who wins the first point of the match.
Both players ready for the battle
The match is about the start and both players seem ready for the battle ahead.
Padukone, Praneeth Previous Medallists
Prakash Padukone (2019) and B Sai Praneeth (2019) are the only Indian men to have won medals in this competition in the past.
Not long now
The men’s doubles semi-final that precedes the Srikant-Sen match is underway. It shouldn’t be a long wait from here.
First Indian male finalist
The winner of this match will be the first Indian man to reach a final at the BWF World Championships.
Both Srikanth and Sen will have to wait for a while. A women’s doubles semi-final is underway, following which there will be a men’s doubles match in the same court. Srikanth and Sen will take the court after that.
Two medals assured for India
Regardless of what happens in today’s match, India will take home two medals from the BWF World Championships. The winner of this match will move into the gold medal match while the one who loses this will bag the bronze medal.
Welcome to our live coverage
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the BWF World Championships semi-final match between Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth.
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