Odense (Denmark): Indian campaign in the Denmark Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament ended today with Parupalli Kashyap suffering a straight-game defeat at the hands of second seed Chen Long of China in the men’s singles semifinals here.
Kashyap, who had stunned third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the quarterfinals, lost 16-21 15-21 in a 45-minute contest at the Odense Sports Park.
Kashyap was playing the catch-up game for most part of the match after beginning the contest on an even keel. From 4-4, Chen Long surged ahead to 11-5 and to 12-6 before taking the first game without much difficulty.
The Indian came back strongly in the second game which was a neck-and-neck affair initially before his Chinese opponent earned eight straight points to take the match away from Kashyap.
With Kashyap’s ouster, India’s campaign in the tournament ended on Saturday.
K Srikanth lost to seventh seed Wan Ho Son of Korea in the quarterfinals in men’s singles while Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu also suffered defeats in the women’s singles quarterfinals on Friday.
In women’s doubles, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had crashed out in the opening round.