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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.(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.

First Published: Dec 09, 2016 19:23 IST