Japan Open: Kidambi Srikanth falls in quarters, India out of contention

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Tokyo, September 14: Indian Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of Japan open by Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Srikanth lost 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 to World No. 33 Dong Keun in a 79-minute last-eight match.
Former World No. 1 and Commonwealth Games silver medallist had advanced to the Quarterfinal round, avenging his 2018 Asian Games second-round loss to Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong. Srikanth had beat World No. 27 Wong 21-15 and 21-14 in the round of 16 match.
Following Kidambi’s exit, the Indian shuttlers’ Japan Open campaign came to an end. PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy had crashed out in the pre-quarterfinal round in the Women’s and Men’s singles respectively.
Prannoy had gone down 14-21, 17-20 to Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Sindhu, on the other hand, lost 18-21, 19-21 to World No. 14 Gao Fangjie of China.
Meanwhile, Men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 18-21, 21-16, 12-21 to He Jiting and Tan Qiang of China. In the mixed doubles, Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy had lost 16-21, 16-21 to Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the second round.
(ZeeNews With PTI inputs)