Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after losing to Wei Feng Chong of Malaysia in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s singles event. The fifth seeded Indian squandered a game advantage to lose to his ninth-seeded opponent 21-18 7-21 16-21 in a 55-minute contest.
Kashyap opened up a 8-4 lead in the opening game but was caught up by the Malaysian soon. Both were neck on neck for a while before Kashyap broke away to take three straight points from 17-16 and bag the first game.
Kashyap trailed all through after being tied at 2-2. From there on,Chong took control as he reeled off nine straight points from 8-4 to easily grab the second game and set up a decider. The decider was a gripping affair with the duo locked at 8-8 after an intense fight which saw none ready to concede ground to the other.
Chong reeled off five straight points from 8-8 but Kashyap fought back to level at 13-13 and then 15-15. Kashyap,however,lost the plot towards the close as he allowed his Malaysian opponent to win five straight points to trail 15-20 before losing the match. In another men’s singles pre-quarterfinal match,H S Prannoy lost to Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei 16-21 21-15 15-21 in an hour’s contest. In men’s doubles,the Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar was handed a straight-game defeat by the Korean top seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Yong Dae Lee,who won 21-14 21-12.
In the women’s singles,top seed Indian Saina Nehwal,who regained her second place in world ranking,prevailed over Sashina Vignes Waran of France 13-21 21-15 21-12 in a 47-minute match to advance to the pre-quarterfinals.