Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Hong Kong Open badminton tourament after a straight-game semifinal defeat to host nation player Lee Cheuk Yiu on Saturday. Kidambi Srikanth threw away seven game points in the 2nd game to suffer 9-21, 23-25 defeat against the lower ranked opponent. It was Srikanth’s first semifinal appearance since making the last four at the India Open Badminton Tournament.
Kidambi Srikanth had been extremely lucky in the Hong Kong open. He got a first-round bye after World No. 1 Kento Momota withdrew from their early meeting. In round 2, Srikanth defeated compatriot Sourabh Verma in a 3-game battle. In the quarter-finals, Srikanth benefited from reigning Olympic champion Chen Long’s retirement after the 1st game that he had won comfortably.
With Srikanth’s defeat, India’s campaign at Hong Kong Open comes to an end. Overall, it was a disappointing campaign for Indian players in Hong Kong open as the likes of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu suffered yet another early exit. In men’s singles, the likes of HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Saurabh Verma were shown the door early. World No. 7 men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also disappointed as the duo was knocked out as early as the 1st round after some impressive results in the recent past.