Japan Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma Knocked Out
Kidambi Srikanth lost to compatriot HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma went down to Anders Antonsen in the first round of Japan Open.
Kidambi Srikanth (Photo Credit: BAI)
Tokyo: Kidambi Srikanth's poor run of form continued as the Indian shuttler crashed out of the Japan Open after suffering a first-round defeat at the hands of compatriot HS Prannoy, here on Wednesday.
It was disappointment for Sameer Verma too, who went down to Denmark's Anders Antonsen in straight games in another men's singles match. The unseeded Indian lost 17-21 12-21 in the match that lasted 46 minutes.
Prannoy stunned the higher ranked Srikanth 13-21, 21-11, 22-20 in a match that lasted 59 minutes at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.
The eighth seed Srikanth, who holds a superior head-to-head record against Prannoy, started of well clinching the first game 21-13.
However, the unseeded Prannoy came back strongly taking the second game 21-11. The decider went down to the wire with Prannoy having the last laugh. He will face Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the second round.
Srikanth, the former world No. 1, has been struggling for consistency this season. He made a second-round exit from the Indonesia Open last week.
It was curtains for the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy as well.
The duo went down 11-21, 14-21 to the Chinese combination of Zhend Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiaong in just 26 minutes.
Later in the day, PV Sindhu will begin her campaign against China's Yue Han.
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