Japan Open: Srikanth goes down fighting

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Kidambi Srikanth. PC: DD Sports/Twitter

Tokyo, September 13: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth waged a lengthy three-game battle after going down in the quarterfinals at the Japan Open badminton tournament here on Friday.

His exit from the last eight marked an end to India’s campaign at the $700,000 event.

After winning a hard fought first game, the seventh-seeded Srikanth lost 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 against Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in a match that lasted an hour and 19 minutes.

With Srikanth’s exit, the Indians’ campaign at the Japan Open came to a conclusion as Asian Games silver-medallist and Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy crashed out in the previous rounds of the women’s and men’s singles event respectively on Thursday.

Even the Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth bowed out in the pre-quarterfinal stage Thursday.

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