India’s Kidambi Srikanth saw his winning hot streak on the world tour ended today as Son Wan Ho showed all the form of his world number one status to reach the World Championships semi finals - and a date with Lin Dan.
Kidambi, unbeaten in 15 matches coming into the quarter final, never found his a-game during the 49 minute fixture, allowing the South Korean to control proceedings in a 21-14 first end win.
There were glimpses of Srikanth’s class at the change of ends – an uncontested run of seven winners suggesting a return to form - but his game, usually robust in the long rallies, was uncharacteristically off colour as he went down 21-18.
“I didn’t really get into the match and I made too many mistakes” the Indian told awaiting media.
“There's nothing that I would have done differently. I tried almost everything and nothing worked today.
“I know the ultimate thing is to keep the shuttle in and not to make many mistakes, but that didn't really happen for me today - so I could have cut down on those mistakes.
Son Wan Ho was understandably delighted to secure at least bronze from the Championships
“Today I am really happy with the performance because after entering many World Championships this is my first semi final.
“When Srikanth was coming back in the second set and won seven points in a row I was getting very nervous, so I was just telling myself one point at a time, because if I lost the second one who knows what could of happened.
San Wan Ho will now face five-time World Champion Lin Dan, who today took an hour to beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-17, 21-18, for a place in Sunday's shootout for the world title.