China: India ace Kidambi Srikanth struggled past Spain’s Pablo Abian in a three-game match to enter the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the BWF World Championship here on Wednesday.The fifth seeded Indian recovered from a slump during the hard-fought contest to see off Pablo 21-15 12-21 21-14 in a second-round match that lasted 62 minutes.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles last year, will lock horns with Malaysia’s Daren Liew, a former world no 10, who had won the 2012 French Open Super Series.Srikanth erased a 2-4 and 6-8 deficit in the opening game before gaining upper hand with a 16-13 lead. He then reeled off four points to reach game points. Pablo tried to recover but the Indian quickly pocketed the opening game.ALSO READ | Indian juniors bag six medals at Jordan TT meetIn the second game, Srikanth had opened up a 6-3 lead but Pablo rode on a six-point burst to move ahead.The Indian made it 10-12 but the Spaniard registered seven straight points to enjoy a healthy lead to eventually roar back into contest.In the decider, Pablo managed a slender 11-9 advantage at the break but Srikanth turned the tables and then surged ahead to shut the door on the Spaniard.ALSO READ | Ramkumar, Paes make early exit from Atlanta Open For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2017 at 10:34 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Friday’s bubble games went far better than Thursday’s for Syracuse, with California, Kansas State, Houston, Indiana and TCU all losing. The only slight damage done to SU’s bubble hopes was Rhode Island cruising past St. Bonaventure, but some bracketologists still say the Rams need another win or two to earn a place in the field of 68.Here are Saturday’s games Syracuse fans should keep an eye on, with which team to root for in each.Alabama vs. No. 8 Kentucky, 1 p.m., ESPNKentucky won the first matchup between these two teams by nine and SU hopes the Wildcats cruise to the SEC finals again. Alabama is well outside the NCAA Tournament field right now and a Crimson Tide loss would quell any scare of stealing a bid to the Big Dance tomorrow afternoon.Whom SU fans should root for: KentuckyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavidson vs. Rhode Island, 1 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is one of the most important games of the day for SU rooting interests, since the Rams’ win over St. Bonaventure yesterday still may not be enough to push them past the Orange, according to some experts. A win over surprise semifinalist Davidson may do just that, and an A-10 title officially would. Syracuse hopes URI doesn’t even get to Sunday.Whom SU fans should root for: DavidsonCentral Florida vs. No. 12 Southern Methodist, 3 p.m., ESPN2The Mustangs are already a lock for the field of 68 and the Knights are an afterthought. Here’s another game that Syracuse hopes goes according to plan so a bid-stealer doesn’t emerge on the final day of conference tournaments.Whom SU fans should root for: SMUVanderbilt vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m., ESPNThe Commodores might’ve put themselves firmly in the field after beating ranked Florida in the SEC quarterfinals, but Vandy still has 14 losses and a loss to the Razorbacks would give it more than Syracuse in a far inferior conference.Whom SU fans should root for: ArkansasRichmond vs. VCU, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is probably the most important game of the day in terms of Syracuse rooting interests. VCU is the only team left in the A-10 tournament that is a lock for the NCAA Tournament, so the Orange hopes the Rams win the conference title. That starts with a win over Richmond, a team with conference player of the year T.J. Cline.Whom SU fans should root for: VCUConnecticut vs. No. 15 Cincinnati, 5 p.m., ESPN2Here’s another game where SU should root against a bid-stealer. It may have felt unnatural pulling for the Huskies against Houston on Friday, but Orange fans should hope UConn doesn’t advance to the American Athletic Conference title game with a chance to swipe a bid.Whom SU fans should root for: CincinnatiColorado State vs. Nevada, 6 p.m.The Wolfpack is 27-6 on the season with a 14-4 record in the Mountain West. Bracketmatrix.com has Nevada as a No. 12 seed and winning its conference title, but it may get interesting if Colorado State steals a bid and Nevada still gets an at-large spot. This could be a two-bid league, but Syracuse should want a Wolfpack win to ensure it’s a one-bid conference.Whom SU fans should root for: NevadaMarshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThe Blue Raiders are still the mid major with the best chance at scooping an at-large bid even if they don’t win the Conference USA title game. Syracuse hopes its Round of 32 foe from the 2016 NCAA Tournament makes things simple and takes care of the Thundering Herd.Whom SU fans should root for: Middle Tennessee Comments