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India Open: Kidambi Srikanth loses final to Denmark's Viktor Axelsen

File photo of Kidambi Srikanth. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 31, 2019, 05.04 PM (IST)

Viktor Axelsen defeated India's Kidambi Srikanth 21-7, 22-20 on Sunday to take home the India Open 2019 men's singles title.

After a one-sided first game, Srikanth pulled back in the second game to give the Dane a tough fight. But Axelsen held on to win in straight games.  

Srikanth had earlier displayed tremendous grit in the semi-final, bouncing back from a game down to beat China's Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19.

The Indian shuttler had last won the India Open in 2015, then defeating Axelsen in three games.

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After a one-sided first game, Srikanth pulled back in the second to give a tough fight to Danish badminton player.