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Srikanth crashes out of Hong Kong Open

November 16, 2019 18:53 IST

Kidambi Srikanth

IMAGE: Kidambi Srikanth in action. Photograph: Scanpix Denmark/Claus Fisker via Reuters

A profligate Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of the $ 400,000 Hong Kong Open following a straight-game semifinal defeat to local favourite Lee Cheuk Yiu on Saturday.

The former world no 1 squandered six game points in the second game to suffer 9-21, 23-25 in contest that lasted 42-minutes.

 

It was his first semifinal appearance since making the last four at the India Open Super 500. He had finished runner-up at the event.

Srikanth fell back early in the opening game with Lee opening up a 6-1 lead. The Indian tried to catch up but failed to narrow the gap.

In the second game, Srikanth stepped up the gas taking an early 5-1 lead. However, Lee soon restored parity.

The shuttlers fought neck and neck with Srikanth surging ahead but the Indian lost momentum, eventually conceding the match.

Srikanth had beaten the 23-year-old Lee in straight games at the India Open last year in their only career meeting.

With Srikanth's defeat, the Indian challenge in Hong Kong also came to an end.

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