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German Open Grand Prix Gold: Kidambi Srikanth loses in pre-quarterfinals

Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of German Open Grand Prix Gold after losing to Chen Long in the pre-quarterfinals.

other sports Updated: Mar 03, 2017 16:16 IST
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KidambiSrikanth went down fighting against Chen Long in the German Open Grand Prix Gold.(AFP)

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth played out of his skin before going down against Olympic champion Chen Long of China in the pre-quarterfinals, drawing curtains on India’s campaign at the German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

The 12th seeded Indian lost 19-21 20-22 in a 47-minute men’s singles match here last night.

Kidambi Srikanth, on a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, blew 12-6 and 16-12 leads in the two games to go down against the second seed, who is also a two-time World champion and All England champion.

In the second round, Subhankar Dey suffered a 14-21 8-21 loss to fifth seed NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, while Harshit Aggarwal lost 15-21 11-21 to eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

In the opening game, Srikanth had opened up a 3-0 lead early on and jumped to a 12-6 healthy lead at one stage but Chen fought back to slowly recover his lost ground and turned the tables with a four-point burst to reach a 19-17 lead.

The Indian grabbed two points but Chen earned the next two points to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Chen moved ahead 9-5 but Srikanth reeled off seven straight points to grab the lead. He kept his nose ahead till 16-12 when the Chinese marched ahead with a six-point burst and despite some desperate attempts by Srikanth, Chen had the last laugh.

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