Continuing his fine run, recently-crowned Indonesia Open champion Srikanth defeated fellow Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth in the men's singles quarter-finals.
A former World No.3, Srikanth, who had reached the semifinals in the last edition, produced yet another near- ideal performance to outclass All England finalist Shi 21-10 21-14 in a 37-minute match to notch up his second win over the Chinese.
China's sixth seed Sun Yu won a re-match of last year's women's final when she knocked out India's defending champion Saina Nehwal 21-17, 10-21, 21-17. In a hard-fought hour-long contest, Tzu Ying came back strong after losing the first game to win the match.
It may add further lustre to Srikanth's achievement to identify the other five - three living legends in China's Lin Dan and Chen Long, and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, apart from Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro (silver and bronze medalist at two earlier World Championships and bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics) and Denmark's Viktor Axelsen (2010 world junior champion and 2016 European champion).
Srikanth was locked in tough battle in the opening game but managed to edge past Praneeth.
Srikanth will play the victor of the second quarterfinal between Shi Yuqi of China and Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.More news: Who can fire special counsel Robert Mueller?
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It was the second time that the two Indians were facing each other.
In the second game, Praneeth again had a 4-1 lead but Srikanth once again surpassed him to grab an 11-9 advantage. You just have to be patient.
Kidambi Srikanth displayed a different aspect of his game today as he patiently played around Shi Yuqi.
Post the break, Sun Yu took three points in a row to make it 12-12 and then went ahead with six straight points to make it 19-15.
Shi did keep up with the Indian's quickness and attack and showed good defensive shots but Srikanth took a comfortable 11-8 lead at halfway break.
The second game followed much the same patter with the Chinese shuttler holding off the Indian star at 7-7.