Srikanth out, India’s campaign ends 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Sep 2018 11:23:26



KIDAMBI Srikanth crashed out of the men’s singles event after losing a marathon three-game quarter-final to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the USD 700,000 Japan Open badminton tournament.

Just like his compatriots, fatigue seemed to have caught up with the seventh-seeded Srikanth as he squandered a game’s lead to lose 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 against Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in a duel that lasted an hour and 19 minutes. Former World No 1 Srikanth, who won a silver at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, had earlier avenged his Asian Games loss to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent with a clinical straight game win in the previous round.

In a hard-fought battle where fortunes fluctuated too often, Srikanth converted a 2-4 deficit into a 9-5 lead in the opening game. But Lee clawed back at 10-10 before the Indian managed to grab a one-point advantage at the first interval. Srikanth continued his upward movement but Lee kept breathing down his neck. Leading 19-17, the Indian allowed the Korean to catch up again before securing the required points to pocket the opening game.