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Updated on: Friday, December 17, 2021, 04:46 PM IST

World Badminton Championship: Kidambi Srikanth downs Mark Caljouw to make semis, assures medal for India

India's Kidambi Srikanth in action during the World Badminton Championship. | Photo: AFP

India's Kidambi Srikanth in action during the World Badminton Championship. | Photo: AFP

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Kidambi Srikanth defeated Mark Caljouw to cruise into the semi-finals of the ongoing BWF World Championships on Friday in Huelva.

Former world number one Indian thrashed the Dutch shuttler by 21-8, 21-7 in a contest that lasted for just 26 minutes. With this win, Kidambi Srikanth confirmed India's first medal at the 2021 World Championships and also his first-ever World Championships podium. This is also India's third medal at the Worlds in men's singles.

The seeded 12th Indian raced to an 11-5 lead into the first mid-game interval. The Indian badminton player who was looking sharp throughout the match closed the first game at 21-8.

Caljouw tried to dig deep in the second game, however, Srikanth maintained his dominance to finish the contest by pocketing the game 21-7.

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Published on: Friday, December 17, 2021, 04:46 PM IST
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