Japan Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth ousted after 1st-round defeat to HS Prannoy

November 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was ousted from Japan Open 2019 as early as the first round. Srikanth lost to compatriot HS Prannoy in a three-game battle that extended to 59 minutes at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo on Wednesday.Srikanth, former world No. 1, has been struggling for consistency in the ongoing season. After suffering a second-round exit at last week’s Indonesia Open, pressure was on the World No. 10 to deliver. However, Srikanth conceded a first game advantage to lose to Prannoy in three games. This is only Srikanth’s 2nd loss to his compatriot on the BWF Tour and his first since 2011.Srikanth began well by clinching the first game 21-13. However, Prannoy fought back to take the second game 21-11 and force a decider. It was a see-saw battle in the deciding game as neither of them had a clear advantage. Prannoy had 2 match points at 20-18 but Srikanth clawed back to make it level at 20-20. However, Prannoy held his nerves and won the match with his 2nd match points.Prannoy’s last laugh!Making strong impressions @PRANNOYHSPRI cruises into the second round of #JapanOpenSuper750 as he created an upset defeating World No 10 and top shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth 13-21; 21-11, 21-20.Way to go HS! #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/v0jTADGp4HBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 24, 2019HS Prannoy, who is bidding to make a strong comeback after issues with injury in the recent past, will face Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the second round of the Super 750 tournament.advertisementPV Sindhu to begin Japan Open campaign on WednesdayMenawhile, PV Sindhu, who finished as runner-up at the Super 1000 Indonesia Open last week, will open her Japan Open campaign against China’s Han Yue later in the day. Sameer Verma will face in-form Dane Anders Antonsen in his first-round match.In doubles, Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy N Sikki were defeated by Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiaong 11-21, 14-21.Later in the day, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take on Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in men’s doubles. Women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy will take on South Korea’s Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong.Also See:last_img read more