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13 Sep, 2018
India’s world no. 8 Kidambi Srikanth had won the
pre-quarter match without breaking a sweat as he avenged his Asian Games loss
to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Indonesia with 21-15, 21-14 and secured the quarters
berth at the BWF Super 700 Japan Open 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.
While, India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu, lost the weary
battle to the Chinese Gao Fangjie in the straight sets of the 54-minute
encounter with 18-21, 19-21. Previously, Sindhu lost to Gao at the 2017 China
While for HS Prannoy, it is curtains down as he lost to
the giant killer Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who defeated the world no. 10 Kento
Momota and the Olympic champion Chen Long at the Asian Games 2018.
Errors started lining up at the Japan Open 2018
Pre-Quarters for Sindhu in the second game, before putting the decent fight
recovering from 2-8 trail to 17-14 lead in the opening game. She was 15-20 down
before saving 4 points and handing over the match to the Chinese by hitting
into the net.
Meanwhile in doubles, India’s Men’s Doubles aces Manu
Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost to the Chinese duo He Jiting and Tan Qiang with
18-21, 21-16, 12-21, and in the Mixed Doubles event Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N
Sikki Reddy lost to the Malaysia pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying with
In the Women’s Singles event, with her deception, Gao
troubled Sindhu early in the first game and cruised to a 8-2 lead, but the
Indian gradually found her pace by reaching the bird and returning perfectly,
narrowing the gap with 8-10 by the half time. Sindhu’s poor return towards the
net gave a three-point advantage to the Chinese.
In the second game, the Indian grabbed a huge lead of 5-0
before committing a service error. Soon Gao started dominating with the rallies
and clawed back at 7-7 after pushing the shuttlecock to the weak return from
Sindhu, and continued towards the match point to end Sindhu’s campaign.