Tokyo: Kidambi Srikanth, made an exit from the Japan Open 2018 after losing a marathon three-game quarterfinal to the world number 33 Lee Dong Keun of Korea on Friday. India’s campaign in Japan Open came to an end with Srikanth’s defeat.
Srikanth lost the game in the set of 21-19, 16-21 and 18-21. The duel between the two lasted for an hour and 19 minutes.
The seventh-seeded Srikanth made the Korean struggle in the first set by gaining the lead with 21-19. But, Srikanth was unable to come back in the second set which was dominated by Dong. In the third and deciding game, Dong proved to be on the stronger side and took a 6-4 lead initially. The pressure took over Srikanth and he ultimately lost the game at 18-21.
Srikanth has earlier won a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
With Srikanth crashing out of the Japan Open came to an end as PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy have lost in the previous rounds of the single’s event on Thursday.
Similarly, in the men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy failed to go past the pre-quarterfinal stage on Thursday.