India campaigna ended with Japan Open Super Series

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.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 decider turned into a roller-coaster ride initially as both the pairs fought tooth and nail till 8-8 when the Japanese combo opened up a 13-9 lead.The hosts kept their nose ahead despite the Indians breathing down their neck.