Copenhagen: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stunned reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to reach the semi-finals, while Saina Nehwal and H.S. Prannoy lost in the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open World Superseries Premier here on Friday.
Srikanth’s sterling display in the 23-year-old Dane’s own den came after his sparring partner HS Prannoy and Gopichand Academy stable-mate Saina Nehwal had both stumbled badly in their respective quarter-finals of the $750,000 prize money event against top-seeded South Korean Son Wan Ho and Japan’s No 4 seed, Akane Yamaguchi, respectively.
The Korean World No 2 and the tournament’s top seed was in irresistible form on Friday, and played with much greater authority than he had in his opening two matches, when he had been dragged over the full distance by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Denmark’s upcoming Anders Antonsen. Son was on court for under three-quarters of an hour while handing Prannoy a 21-13, 21-18 humbling.