It was a polar opposite day for Indian shuttling aces HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth in the second round at the Japan Open Super 750 tournament on Thursday. While Prannoy earned his berth at the quarterfinals, Srikanth’s campaign ended in the Round of 16.
Taking on former world champion Loh Kean Yew in his men’s singles outing, Prannoy produced a remarkable performance that granted him a straight-game win over the eighth seeded Singaporean player with a 22-20, 21-19 margin in 44-minutes.
While he’s still trailing 3-4 in head to head record, the win marked the World No. 8 India’s second consecutive win over Loh. The 30-year-old’s next opponent at the last eight stage will be Worlds bronze medallist Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan.
Coming from a superb straight-game win over World No. 4 Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia in the opening round, Srikanth suffered a batter as he now suffered a straight game loss at the hands of World No. 17 and local star Kanta Tsuneyama.
The match, which marked their second meet following Tsuneyama’s win over Srikanth at the 2019 Korean Open, saw the Japanese shuttler finishing the job with a 10-21 16-21 loss handed to his Indian counterpart.
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