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Japan Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy crash out; Kidambi Srikanth wins

first_imgIndian shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy were knocked out of the Japan Open in the round of 16 after losing in straight games.Kidambi Srikanth is the only Indian left in singles competition, after he secured a comfortable 21-14 21-15 victory over Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Vincent Wong in the round of 16.The seventh-seeded Indian, who won a silver at the Commonwealth Games, will face Korea’s Lee Dong Keun next.Sindhu lost 18-21, 19-21 to world No.14 Gao Fangjie of China, while Prannoy lost to world No.10 Anthony Ginting of Indonesia 14-21, 17-21.Ginting had defeated formidable Japanese Kento Momota and Olympic champion Chen Long at the Asian Games.Sindhu was seeded third, and had easily won her first round match against world No.13 Sayaka Takahashi 21-17, 7-21, 21-13 on Wednesday. Incidentally Sindhu had played Gao only once previously, where she lost in straight games (21-11, 21-10) at the China Open. Sindhu, who has endured a hectic BWF season reaching five finals including three majors at CWG, World Championship and Asian Games, seemed mentally drained as errors crept into her game.The Indian put up a decent fight as she recovered from 2-8 down in the opening game but squandered a 17-14 lead. She was also 15-20 down in the second game but managed to save four match points before once again hitting the net to hand over the match to Gao.In doubles, the men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 18-21 21-16 12-21 to China’s He Jiting and Tan Qiang, while the mixed combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 16-21 to the Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in another match.advertisementIn women’s singles, Gao relied on her deception to trouble Sindhu early on and took a 8-2 lead. But Sindhu slowly got her bearings, reaching the shuttles early and placing them perfectly.She put Gao on the wrong foot to narrow the lead to 8-10 but a weak return going to the net gave a three-point advantage to the Chinese.Two unforced errors by Gao brought Sindhu back at 13-13. She grabbed a 17-14 lead but it soon vaporised with the Indian committing a few errors.In the second game, Sindhu opened up a 5-0 lead before committing a service error. Gao soon dominated the rallies and clawed back at 7-7 after producing a winner on Sindhu’s weak return.Gao continued to dominate the rallies and soon grabbed five match points at 20-15. Sindhu saved four before hitting the net again to end her campaign here.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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