And crowned World Senior Champion in their particular age category and Olympic Champion Axelsen.
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He held his own with a strong start in the first game, and was level at 6-6, but then faded for a spell and went on to lose 21-13.
Singapore's Yeo Jia Min and Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan are the other two players in Group B.
Kidambi has made three semi-finals appearances on tour this year, including at two of the last three tournaments.
All they had to do was focus on their training.