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Korea Open 2019 Semi-Final Highlights: Parupalli Kashyap sinks to Kento Momota

Korea Open 2019 Semi-Final Highlights: The 33-year-old Indian fell to defeat at the hands of Kento Momota in straight sets.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 28, 2019 4:04:06 pm
Parupalli Kashyap. (Source: PTI)

Korea Open 2019 Semi-Final Highlights: Parupalli Kashyap lost to Japan’s Kento Momota, the world number one, in straight sets by 13-21, 15-21 at the Incheon Airport Skydome on Saturday, and failed to progress to the final of Korea Open.

The Japanese will be up against Taiwan’s Tien Chen Chou in the final of Korea Open.

Kashyap had progressed to the semi-final as the sole Indian left in the competition, after defeating Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 24-22 21-8 on Friday.

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Korea Open 2019 Semi-Final Highlights:

16:04 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Highlights: Momota races through
15:44 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Final tomorrow!

Japan's Kento Momota will be up against Taiwan’s Tien Chen Chou in the final of Korea Open on Sunday. 

15:38 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 15-21 Momota

Kashyap wins another, and after a shuttle cock change, Momota wins it after a confident left-handed smash down the line. 40 minutes, and the Japanese heads to the final! 

15:36 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 14-19 Momota

Momota is in the driving seat and the match is his, as Kashyap's smash hits the net. But the Indian is not giving up as he picks up one point. 

15:34 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 12-17 Momota

And Kashyap's usual errors pop back in the game, as Momota picks up five straight points. Three from the Indian's unforced errors. 

15:33 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 12-12 Momota

And he's level, shifting gears just how Momota did in the first game. Winning one point with a smash and then one with a deft backhand near the net. 

15:30 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 10-12 Momota

A point-a-piece so far, but Kashyap has looked better than Momota so far. He was unlucky losing the first point after the break, as it just was out by centimetres. He carried on and he picked up his ninth and tenth points of the game. 

15:28 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 7-11 Momota

Momota got back his serve, after a usual mistake by Kashyap whose overhit forehanded landed outside the court. Winning another point, Momota leads 11-7 in the break. 

15:26 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 7-9 Momota

Coming back from 3-9, Kashyap has suddenly found some new energy as he picks up three straight points. Momota was on his backfoot as Kashyap landed one heavy smash to the right-side of his opponent's court. And then he picks up another, with another confident smash. 

15:23 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 3-8 Momota

Kashyap can't deal with the vibrancy that Momota has, the spring in his feet. But despite committing two errors, he wins a rare point in the second game. 

15:21 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 2-5 Momota

If it's not broke, don't change it, and that's what Momota is doing. Shifting gears from baseline touches to forehand finishers, he ihas taken control of the second game too. 

15:19 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 1-3 Momota

After a deft baseline point by the Japanese, the Indian bites back to win his first point of the second game. He tried to up the game against Momota, but he fell into his own trap as Momota's powerful smash was way too quick for Kashyap to react. 

15:17 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21, 0-1 Momota

And Momota begins with a point.

15:16 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-21 Momota

Simple errors have been the downfall of Kashyap this first game. He gifted two straight points, including the game point by overhitting two forehand smashes. Kento Momota already has one foot in the final. Can the Indian make a comeback?

15:14 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 13-18 Momota

A point here and a point there, but Kashyap is too easily giving away points here. His smash which fetched him his eighth point could have gained him some momentum, but he let the opportunity slip by committing two more unforced errors.

15:12 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 9-15 Momota

A point here and a point there, but Kashyap is too easily giving away points here. His smash which fetched him his eighth point could have gained him some momentum, but he let the opportunity slip by committing two more unforced errors.

15:08 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 7-11 Momota

After a long, long rally, Momota picks up a point from a Kashyap error whose backhand was too powerful and fell outside the court. Time for a break now. 

15:05 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 6-10 Momota

After racing to a 9-5 lead, Momota is brought down to his knees after a deft backhand by Kashyap, which just looped over the net and fell close to the baseline. But Momota picks an easy point right after that. The Indian again falls back to a four-point deficit.

15:02 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 4-8 Momota

After two quick points, Kashyap makes it 4-5. But Momota isn't keen on letting go of his lead and picks up three quick points, playing almost casually and keeping it safe. The Japanese leads 8-4. 

15:00 (IST)28 Sep 2019
Kashyap 2-5 Momota

After a bright start, Kashyap has fallen behind to the world number one by 2-5. The Japanese has been quite dominant in his shot selection, making Kashyap run all around the court.