It was curtains for India at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after defending champion H S Prannoy was knocked out of the men's singles competition following a straight-game loss to China's Shi Yuqi in the quarterfinals of the $120,000 event.
Fifth seed Prannoy, who had beaten Yuqi at the Badminton Asia Team Championships last year, failed to produce his best game and went down 19-21, 11-21 to the second seeded Chinese, who had reached the finals at All England last week.
Earlier, fourth seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also had suffered a 19-21 17-21 loss to fifth seeded Chinese duo of Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui.
The 21-year-old Yuqi, who had beaten Prannoy at the Indonesian Masters 2015, opened a slender 11-9 lead at the break of the opening game. The Indian then surged to a 18-13 advantage only to let the Chinese claw his way back to pocket the first game.
In the second game, Yuqi was more dominant as he broke off at 7-7 to distance himself from the Indian and eventually seal his place in the semifinals without much ado.
Published Date: Mar 18, 2017 11:07 am | Updated Date: Mar 18, 2017 11:07 am