India's campaign at the Australian Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament ended on Thursday after R M V Gurusaidutt and Anand Pawar lost their respective third round matches in the men's singles, in Sydney.
Eleventh seed Gurusaidutt gave a tough fight to world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia before going down 10-21, 21-18, 15-21 in a little less than an hour.
Pawar, seeded 14th, lost to fourth seed Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia 19-21, 15-21 in 41 minutes.
The other Indians in both the men's and women's categories bowed out of the tournament in the earlier rounds.
Gurusaidutt was hardly a match for the world No 1 in the opener and was forced to play the catch-up game.
But in the second game Gurusaidutt got his act together. It was a neck-and-neck battle till 15-15 before the 23-year-old Indian opened up a
18-15 lead. He then simply surged ahead to seal the game.
In the decider, even though he started off well to make it 7-7, Gurusaidutt lost the plot.
Meanwhile, Pawar fought hard in the first game. From 11-17 down at one stage, he reduced the margin but finally lost 19-21.
In the next game, Pawar failed to live up to the early promise as Wei Feng Chong maintained the lead and cruised home.