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Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy crash out of Japan Open badminton

Kidambi Srikanth lost to the defending World Champion Viktor Axelsen, while HS Prannoy went down to China’s Shi Yuqi in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open Superseries badminton tournament.

other sports Updated: Sep 22, 2017 14:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kidambi Srikanth lost to Viktor Axelsen in their men’s singles quarterfinal match at the Japan Open Superseries badminton in Tokyo on Friday.(AFP)

India’s Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy bowed out of the Japan Open Superseries badminton tournament, losing in straight games to their respective opponents in men’s singles quarterfinals.

In a battle that lasted for 45 minutes, Prannoy’s opponent Shi Yugu raced to game point 20-13 in the opening game in no time. The Indian tried to step up the game and scored two points in succession before the Chinese player converted the game point.

The second game started in a much more competitive fashion, with both players exchanging serves and the scores were tied at 5-5. Scoring five consecutive points thereafter, Shi dominated the proceedings in the second half of the game to advance to the semifinal in straight games.

HS Prannoy had previously registered straight-game wins over Anders Antonsen and Hsu Jen Hao to reach the third round.

Later in the day, eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth lost to the defending world champion Viktor Axelsen 21-17, 21-17. The Dane has now won the last three meetings between them.

On Thursday, Olympics medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the $ 325,000 Japan Open, suffering straight-game defeats in second round. Sindhu lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan while Saina went down to Carolina Marin of Spain.

Chopra-Sikki advance

In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy beat YKim Ha and Seung 21-18, 9-21, 21-19 to enter the semis.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 13:22 IST