Indian badminton ace Kidambi Srikanth went down against defending world champion Victor Axelsen in the quarterfinals of Japan Open, 2017. The Indian has already made his mark this year in the badminton circuit with as many as 3 final appearances in BWF Superseries tournaments. The Hyderabad shuttler who is mentored by Pullela Gopichand has won a double of Superseries Gold medals in the Australia and the Indonesia Open.

Today wasn’t his day as he was defeated in straight sets by Axelsen in a battle which was majorly dominated by the Dane. The match proved to be a attacking stroke play feast for the fans who got to see two of the best attacking shuttlers ply their deal. Axeklsen got better of the Indian and handed him third successive defeat in their last three meetings.

On a different court, another Indian mega-star HS Prannoy bowed out of the quarterfinals against China’s Shi Yuqi. The Kerala shuttler was handed a 21-15, 21-14 defeat in a match which saw moderate competition from the Indian. Both Prannoy and Yuqi were tied on 5 points each before the Chinese up his game and grabbed a 4 straight points to tight his knuckle and clinch the game 21-15.

The second game once again was a 5-5 affair before Yuqi managed 5 back to back points and converted his lead into a 21-14 victory, securing a spot in the semifinals of the $ 325,000 tournament.

Good news for India came from the court where the mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra bagged there semifinal berth with a well fought win over Korean pair of Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na.

In a sea saw battle, the Indian pair won the first game 21-18 and went down 9-21 in the second to make a 21-19 come back in the 3rd which got them there well deserved semifinal clash.

Elsewhere Olympic champion Lin Dan was eliminated by the Korean top seed Son Wan Ho in straight games 15-21, 15-21. Spaniard Carolina Marin also won her encounter to enter into the semifinals of Japan Open.

Earlier both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bowed out of the tournament after a second round defeat against Nazomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin respectively. 

First Published | 22 September 2017 3:46 PM
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