Former world no. 1 Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth beats England's Toby Penty 21-12, 21-18 in the opening game of the Denmark Open 2020 Super 750 on Wednesday in Odense.
The Indian dominated the first with a plenty of sweeping cross-court shots. At the opening games, he took up the lead to 11-2 against the 28-year-old Englishman. However, a couple of unforced errors peaked Penty's points up, who drew at 10-16 in a certain point of the first game. Srikanth pocketed the game after Penty's stroke felt wide.
Penty had the lead in the second game as it approached the break with the Englishman's favour at 11-7. However, the Indian pulled off a stunning comeback to win the second game.
World No. 14 Kidambi Srikanth, Srikanth, who had claimed the Denmark title three years back, had been battling a series of injuries and indifferent form in the last couple of years and the COVID-19 enforced break helped him to work on his body and game.
Amid a lot of doubts and apprehensions, international badminton returned for the first time since the All England Open in March as the Denmark Open began on October 13. With a series of tournaments getting postponed or cancelled, there were growing concerns over the resumption of the BWF Tour this year.