Kidambi Srikanth will face Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the Men’s singles final of BWF World Championships at Huelva in Spain this evening. Former World Number one, Srikanth yesterday etched his name in the history books after becoming the first Indian men’s badminton player to reach the singles final of a World Championships. In a historic all-Indian semifinal, Srikanth defeated compatriot Lakshya Sen 17-21, 21-14, 21-17 last night in a thrilling contest that lasted an hour and nine minutes.

Lakshya finished with the bronze medal. He became the first Indian male shuttler to secure a medal in his maiden world meet appearance as he made his way to the last-four round of the prestigious event.

In the other semi-finals, Loh Kean Yew, who is ranked 22 in the world, survived a stiff challenge from Danish Anders Antonsen to set up a final date with Srikanth.

India are also assured of at least a silver medal besides winning a bronze.

This is the first time that India will have two medals in the men’s singles in the same edition of the Badminton World championships.

Before this, India got two bronze medals in the Men’s singles at the badminton world championships with Prakash Padukone in 1983 and B Sai Praneeth in 2019.