NEW DELHI, March 31: Former champion Kidambi Srikanth�s hope of snapping a long title drought came crashing down after he went down in straight games to former world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here on Sunday.
A former World No. 1 Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21, 20-22 to Axelsen in the men�s singles summit clash.
It was the Indian�s first final in a BWF world tour event in 17 months. He had last won a title at the 2017 French Open.
The final started as a close affair with Srikanth and Axelsen splitting the initial 10 points but a series of unforced errors from the Indian allowed the Danish player to move ahead as he unleashed a smash to seal an 11-7 advantage at the break. � PTI