China Masters GPG: Parupalli Kashyap, Harsheel Dani crash out in pre-quarters, India's campaign ends
India's campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold ended on Thursday after Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani bowed out in the men's singles pre- quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 event.
China: India's campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold ended on Thursday after Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani bowed out in the men's singles pre- quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 event.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Kashyap fought hard before going down 10-21 22-20 13-21 to former World No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest that lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center.
Meanwhile, Dani lost 21-17 21-18 to another Chinese, Fleixiang Sun in 33 minutes.
The tournament was Kashyap's return to competitive badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury. He had suffered the injury during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) in January.
India's campaign in women's singles has already ended with the ouster of Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
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"In April, when the situation was pretty bad in India, seeing so many people die because of COVID was tough. In my family, I lost my maternal grandfather, it was a difficult time," he said.