Kidambi Srikanth was defeated by second seed and world No.1 Kento Momota of Japan 16-21 12-21 in the semi-final of the Denmark Open in Odense on Saturday.Before this match, Momota enjoyed an 8-3 career record over Srikanth and had not lost to the Indian in their last five meetings.Saturday could have been a different day, but to the heartbreak of more than 133 crore Indians, the result was the same. Truth is Srikanth despite his numerous tries throughout the 42 minutes that the match lasted, failed to match up to the Japanese’s sheer dominance.Momota raced to a 9-6 lead over Srikanth, as he looked at ease controlling the pace of the rallies. Srikanth was taken aback by the swiftness of Momota as well as he deftness of his drops.Srikanth though managed to wrestle back some momentum, yet waked back at the break trailing 11-10. But the reigning world champion was just too good, as he took the first game 21-16.DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2018 | Badminton MS – SF – Highlights #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton pic.twitter.com/T9DjwKegycBWF (@bwfmedia) October 20, 2018The second game was a formality for Momota, as ‘world’s best toyed with the idea of letting his guard down. After initial fight back from Srikanth, it was Momota again who walked back with a 11-7 lead at the break.Momota then insisted on slowing the game down and play the long rallies, just like Srikanth wanted and had been trying to in the match. Momota proved superior still, as Srikanth grew increasingly frustrated.advertisementWith his smashes not crossing the net and his judgment on the wane, Srikanth knew the battle was over. Yet he did not give in.Momota got an earful from his coach, who definitely was not impressed by his ward’s mistakes. The Japanese had had enough and the match ended 21-12, fittingly with a Srikanth return crashing into the net.