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Hong Kong Open: Srikanth ousted by Nishimoto in quarter-final

Kowloon [Hong Kong], Nov 16 (TEH): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth made an exit from the ongoing Hong Kong Open after being beaten by Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in the quarter-final of the men’s singles event here on Friday.The 25-year-old slumped to a 17-21, 13-21 defeat at the hands of the Japanese shuttler in a clash that lasted 44 minutes.Winning 42 rallies in the match and clinching seven consecutive points, Nishimoto did not break much sweat in handing Srikanth a crushing debacle.The match started with both the shuttlers moving head to head in the opening game. After being at par with 5-5 points each on the scoreboard, Nishimoto quickly changed the gear and collected four consecutive points to take a healthy lead.Srikanth could not recover from the blow and trail for the most part of the game. He eventually lost the opener 17-21 to Nishimoto.The second game proved to be more bizarre for the Indian shuttler as, at a point, he was trailing 4-15 in the game. Srikanth collected a few points in an attempt to revive his situation but the point gap was way too much to be filled. He slumped to a 13-21 defeat in the second game, ending his campaign at the ongoing tournament.Later in the day, another Indian shuttler Sameer Verma will be looking to book his place in the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open while taking on home player Lee Cheuk Yiu in their quarter-final clash. (TEH)

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