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Parupalli Kashyap reaches semifinals of Korea Open GP badminton tournament

Parupalli Kashyap, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champ, defeated home favourite Jeon Hyeok in three-game thriller in the Korea Open Grand Prix badminton tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

other sports Updated: Dec 09, 2016 20:06 IST
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Parupalli Kashyap moved into the semifinals of the Korea Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.
Parupalli Kashyap moved into the semifinals of the Korea Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.(Getty Images)

Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap advanced to the semifinals of the Korea Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after edging past Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin in a three-game thriller here on Friday.

Kashyap, who is on a comeback trail after recovering his fitness following a long injury lay-off, defeated sixth seed Jin 18-21, 21-8, 21-16 in a nearly one-hour men’s singles contest of the USD 120,000 event here.

The London Olympics quarter-finalist will face Korean top seed Son Wan Ho in the semifinals.

Kashyap blew a 9-5 and 11-8 lead at one stage to allow Jin make a comeback and draw parity at 11-11. The Korean then managed to move ahead to a 19-14 lead. The Indian did narrow down the gap to 18-19 but could not stop Jin from pocketing the opening game.

Kashyap got back his bearing in the second game as he dished out a superlative performance to jump to a 6-1 lead early on and then surged to 10-3 and then to 15-8. He then reeled off six straight points to win the second game and bounce back into the match.

In the decider, Jin changed his gears and zoomed to a 9-3 lead but Kashyap showed tremendous grit as he crafted his way back to draw level at 11-11 and grab a 13-11 lead.

After a few tight rallies, it was the Indian who had the last laugh as he rode on a five-point burst to win the deciding game and seal the issue.