China Open: Praneeth, Kashyap Lose; India’s Singles Campaign Ends
File picture of Parupalli Kashyap.
File picture of Parupalli Kashyap.(Photo: Reuters)

China Open: Praneeth, Kashyap Lose; India’s Singles Campaign Ends

Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the ongoing China Open after losing their respective second round matches in Fuzhou on Thursday, 7 November.

Seventh seed Axelson defeated Kashyap 21-13, 21-19 in a match that lasted 43 minutes while Praneeth fought hard for one hour 24 minutes before going down 20-22 22-20 21-16 against fourth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

Praneeth’s loss marked the end of India’s singles campaign at the $700,000 tournament.

Axelson, ranked World No. 6, dominated the first game completely and didn't allow his Indian opponent to take a lead. The second game, however, was much closer as Kashyap came out with a better performance and threatened to take the match into the decider.

But Axelson held his nerves and eventually emerged victorious in the second game as well to move into the quarterfinals.

Kashyap had earlier moved into the second round after registering a 21-14, 21-13 win over World No 21 Thammasin Sitthikom on Wednesday.

India’s challenge in women’s singles is already over after PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal both lost their first round matches.

Sindhu lost to World No. 42 Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 13-21, 21-18, 19-21 to Pai in a match while Saina lost to World No. 22 Yan Yan Cai 9-21, 12-21 to bow out of the competition. HS Prannoy had also crashed out after losing 17-21, 18-21 to Denmark's Rasmus Gemke in his opening round contest.

(With inputs from IANS)

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