- The Indian challenge ends at the Hilo Open
- Srikanth-Lakshya Sen lost in the semi-finals
The Indian challenge in the Highlo Open Super 500 badminton tournament is over. Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen faced defeat in the semi-finals on Saturday. Where sixth seed Srikanth was defeated by Malaysia’s Li Ji Jia 21-19, 22-20. At the same time, Lakshya, who is ranked 21st in the world rankings, was defeated by Loh Keen Yew of Singapore 21-18, 21-12.
Significantly, world number 15 Srikanth defeated Hong Kong’s third seed Ng Ka Long Angus, 21-11, 12-21, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals. Lakshya, on the other hand, recorded a 21-18, 12-21, 21-19 victory over three-time junior world champion, Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
Except for Srikkanth-Laksh, the performance of the rest of the Indian players in this tournament was very disappointing. HS Prannoy suffered a 21-16 17-21 7-21 defeat to Enhat Nguen of Ireland in the men’s singles first round. In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were also out after losing.
The Indian pair were defeated by Violina Marwah and Siakah Putri of Indonesia 21-15, 21-16 in the second round. Apart from this, Saurabh Verma was defeated by Kantaphon Wangcharion of Thailand 21-13, 21-10 in the quarterfinals.
Rio Olympics quarter-finalist Srikanth lost to top seed Kento Momota of Japan in the second round of the French Open. Former world No. 1 Srikanth put up a tough fight to the Japanese player and also took a two-point lead at the end of the deciding game. But in the game that lasted 79 minutes, he had to face defeat 21-18, 20-22, 19-21.