Korea Open: Indian challenge ends as Parupalli Kashyap loses semi-final vs Kento Momota

first_imgThe Indian challenge at Korea Open World Tour Super 500 came to an end after Parupalli Kashyap lost his men’s singles semi-final match in straight-game to world No.1 and 2-time world champion Kento Momota on Saturday.Kashyap progressed to the semi-final as the sole Indian left in the competition to face Momota, who he had never defeated in his last 3 meetings with the Japanse. The last time they met was in June 2016. However, Momota only extended his dominace over Kashyap in their 4th meeting with a 21-13, 21-15 win over the Indian.Momoto took the first point in the opening game but former world No. 6 Kashyap levelled the game to 2-2. However, Momota soon took the lead with his dominant shot slection and grabbed 4 straight points to make it 5-4 in his favour.There was not much aggression from both the players in the first game as the two were merely playing the waiting game. Kashyap took initiatives only on rare occassions but he managed points when he opted to do so.Momota went into the first lemon break with a 4 four advantage after Kashyap gave away some easy points and committed a number of unforced errors. Things did not turn in the Indian’s favour even after the break as Momota widened the lead to 14-8 and then to 17-10. Kashyap lost the first game 13-21.Kashyap, however, put up a great fight in the second game as he came back from 3-9 to pick three straight points and close in the gap to 7-9.advertisementAt some point, the Indian looked better than Momota as he bagged 9 out of 11 points to equal the 2nd game to 12-all. However, Momota then went on to take 6 straight points from there after Kashyap’s usual errors popped back in the game.The world No. 1 then earned 6 match points. Kashyap saved one with a good smash but Momota did not allow another chance to the other Indian and sealed the match 21-13, 21-15 in 40 minutes.last_img

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