Sports

Srikanth crashes out of Japan Open

Tokyo : Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the ongoing Japan Open after being defeated by Lee Dong Keun of South Korea in the quarter-final of the men's singles event here on Friday.
The 25-year-old was thrashed 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 by Keun in a closely contested match.
Making a slow start to the match, Srikanth fought well to take the initial lead by clinching the first game but a brilliant comeback by his South Korean opponent in the consecutive games led to the end of India's challenge in the tournament.
After missing the first game with a narrow margin, Keun was dominant throughout the second game as he did not let the Indian shuttler move an inch ahead of him. He registered a convincing 21-16 win against Srikanth who failed to match up the scoreline despite making several attempts.
In the deciding game, the Indian player took the lead on the multiple occasions, but Keun was quick enough to put Srikanth in trouble by snatching the lead away from him.
With scoreline reading 19-18 in Keun's favour, Indians were still hoping for a turnaround but the same did not happen as the South Korean player clinched two consecutive points to register the game and match to his name.
Earlier, third seed Indian player PV Sindhu had suffered a shocking exit after she lost to Chinese shuttler Gao Fangjie 18-21, 19-21 in their pre-quarters clash of the women's singles event.
Another Indian shuttler HS Prannoy also crashed out of the tournament after losing 14-21, 17-21 to Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the pre-quarters round of the tournament.

India vs Australia: Johnson offers to help Starc ahead of Perth Test

Mitchell Johnson has offered to help Mitchell Starc rediscover his rhythm ahead of the second Test against India in Perth, where the fast pitch can ha...

Kapil Dev in BCCI's panel to pick Women's coach

With the Cricket Advisory Committee deciding to stay away, the BCCI has formed an ad-hoc panel comprising of former India cricketers Shantha Rangaswam...

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma sacrifice business class seats for India pacers

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has cautioned the Australian cricket team, revealing a secret detail of the Indian team which, he feels, might ...

Virat Kohli's reign at the top of the ICC rankings is in serious danger

Kane Williamson has become the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen f...