Vastavam web: Top Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy were knocked out of the 18th Asian Games after suffering shock defeats in the second round of the men’s singles competition here friday. It was a disappointing end for India’s campaign in men’s singles as Srikanth and Prannoy failed to raise the bar after their early exits from the Nanjing World Championship early this month.
After Srikanth lost 21-23 19-21 to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in a 43-minute duel, Prannoy too followed suit going down 12-21 21-15 15-21 to Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in a 65-minute contest, much to the dismay of Indian fans. However, the Indian duo will have to find a way to outwit their next opponents Chinese third seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan tomorrow for a chance to win a medal.
Srikanth, a former world number one, who had clinched a silver at the Commonwealth Games besides leading the mixed team to the coveted gold, failed to outwit the 28th ranked Wong Wing Ki. Srikanth came into the match with a 5-2 head-to-head record against Wong Wing Ki but it didn’t matter in the end as the Hong Kong shuttler proved to be a better player. Currently ranked eighth in the world, Srikanth had lost 21-23 22-20 10-21 to Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the men’s team event.
World No. 11 Prannoy too failed to produce his best as his dreams of a Asian Games medal ended after a narrow defeat. After a reversal in the opening game, Prannoy managed to turn the tables winning the second game. However, he couldn’t find a way to shut out his Thai rival in the decider that lasted 23 minutes. P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be in contention tomorrow in women’s singles.