Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lose in Japan Open semis

Vastavam web:  India’s campaign ended at the Japan Open Super Series after the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy suffered a narrow loss in the semifinals, here today.Pranaav and Sikki, who had clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title at Lucknow this year, squandered the opening game advantage to go down 21-14 15-21 19-21 to the local pair of Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota.But the Indians moved ahead with a short burst of points to eventually grab the opening game comfortably.

Takuro and Sayaka changed gears in the second and led 4-1 before entering the break at 11-8. Pranaav and Sikki reduced the deficit to 13-15 before the Japanese combo walked away with the game to bounce back into the contest.The hosts kept their nose ahead despite the Indians breathing down their neck.