German Open: Kidambi Srikanth goes down fighting against Chen Long in pre-quarterfinals

Srikanth, on a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, blew decent leads in both games before going down to Olympic champion Chen Long.

PTI March 03, 2017 17:44:22 IST
German Open: Kidambi Srikanth goes down fighting against Chen Long in pre-quarterfinals

Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany): Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth played out of his skin before going down to Olympic champion Chen Long in the pre-quarterfinals, drawing curtains on India's campaign at the German Open Grand Prix Gold.

German Open Kidambi Srikanth goes down fighting against Chen Long in prequarterfinals

File photo of Kidambi Srikanth. AFP

The 12th seeded Indian lost 19-21, 20-22 in a 47-minute men's singles match here last night. Srikanth, on a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, blew 12-6 and 16-12 leads in the two games to go down against the second seed from China, who is also a two-time World champion and All England champion.

In the opening game, Srikanth had opened up a 3-0 lead early on and jumped to a 12-6 healthy lead at one stage but Chen fought back to slowly recover lost ground and turned the tables with a four-point burst to reach a 19-17 lead.

The Indian grabbed two points but Chen earned the next two points to pocket the first game. In the second game, Chen moved ahead 9-5 but Srikanth reeled off seven straight points to grab the lead. He kept his nose ahead till 16-12 when the Chinese marched ahead with a six-point burst and despite some desperate attempts by Srikanth, Chen had the last laugh.

In the second round, Subhankar Dey suffered a 14-21, 8-21 loss to fifth seed NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, while Harshit Aggarwal lost 15-21, 11-21 to eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong.

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