Shuttler Kidambi crashes out of French Open in Paris

Shuttler Kidambi crashes out of French Open in Paris


Kidambi Srikanth playing a shot

IMAGE: Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi of Team India lost the pre-quarterfinals at the French Open. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the French Open Super 750 badminton tournament after losing to Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the pre-quarterfinals in Paris on Thursday.

Kidambi lost 21-19, 12-21, and 19-21 in the match that lasted one hour and 15 minutes. In the first game, Kidmabi made a remarkable fightback after trailing 10-16 as he won nine straight points to take a 19-16 lead before going 1-0 up. The scores were levelled at 10-10 in the second game and Gemke won six straight points to zoom ahead and take the match to the decider.

The decider was a neck-to-neck affair before the Dane emerged victorious.


In the men’s doubles, seventh-seeded Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat the Malaysian duo of Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee 21-16 21-14 in a round of 16 match, that lasted 40 minutes.

The Indians now run into the top-seeded Japanese pair of Takuro Hohi and Yugo Kobayashi in the quarterfinals.


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