India’s Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday lost his opening match at the BWF World Tour Finals to World No. 3 Anders Antonsen.

Srikanth began extremely well and took a 4-0 lead in the very first set. But some great stroke-play by the World No. 3 Antonsen brought it level at 13-13, in the past once again the Indian went on a blitz to win 5 consecutive points and take the set 21-15.

The Danish player resisted in the second set and had a lead from the start and eventually wrapped it up 21-16 to level the game.

Srikanth, apart from Indian females’s player PV Sindhu is the just other Indian to be a part of the prominent tournament that is treasured at 1.5 million dollars.

Sindhu in her opening match on Wednesday lost to World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying 19-21, 21-12, 21-17.

India’s Kidambi Srikanth remains in Group B with Denmark’s Anders Antonsen (World No. 6), Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus (World No. 8) and Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei (World No. 12). Srikanth at World No. 14 is the most affordable ranked challenger in the group.

Group A in guys’s single makes up Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (World No. 3), Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen (World No. 2), Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia (World No. 10) and Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (World No. 6).

Srikanth does not have a good record at the tournament. He has actually been at the competition three times (2014, 2015 and 2017), however failed to make it beyond the group phases each time. In terms of his total record, he has actually just won 2 of the 10 matches he has actually played.