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Srikanth knocked out of Hong Kong Open

K. Srikanth. File

K. Srikanth. File  

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The former World No. 1 squandered six game points in the second game in contest that lasted 42-minutes

A profligate K. Srikanth was knocked out of the $400,000 Hong Kong Open following a semifinal defeat to local favourite Lee Cheuk Yiu here on Saturday. Yiu won 21-9, 23-25.

The former World No. 1, Srikanth squandered six game points in the second game in contest that lasted 42-minutes.

It was his first semifinal appearance since making the last four at the India Open Super 500. He had finished runner-up at the event.

Srikanth fell back early in the opening game with Lee opening up a 6-1 lead. The Indian tried to catch up but failed to narrow the gap.

In the second game, Srikanth stepped up the gas taking an early 5-1 lead. However, Lee soon restored parity.

The shuttlers fought neck and neck with Srikanth surging ahead but the Indian lost momentum, eventually conceding the match.

Srikanth had beaten the 23-year-old Lee in straight games at the India Open last year in their only career meeting.

With Srikanth’s defeat, the Indian challenge here also came to an end.

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