Korean Open: Parupalli Kashyap loses to Kento Momota in semi-final
Incheon (South Korea) | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap on Saturday was knocked out of the Korea Open badminton tournament after losing in straight games to Japan's Kento Momota in the semi-finals.
The world number one Momota outclassed Kashyap in two straight games that lasted for 40 minutes. He defeated Kashyap by 21-13 and 21-15 in two games.
Momota has now become the first player from Japan to secure a berth in the final of the tournament.
Momota took the first point in the opening game but former world No. 6 Kashyap levelled the game to 2-2. However, he soon took the lead with his dominant shot selection and grabbed 4 straight points to make it 5-4 in his favour.
With the win, Momota extended his overall lead against Kashyap to 3-0. The 33-year-old Indian, who had progressed to the semi-final after defeating Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen 24-22, 21-8 on Friday, was unable to maintain his good start in the opening game and went into the mid-game break with the score reading 7-11.
The Japanese didn't give any chance to Kashyap after the resumption and won the game 21-13. In the second game, the Indian gave his best and tried hard to close the gap as he won six straight points to make it 9-9.
However, after the points were tied at 12-12, Momota came back roaring and he first picked up five straight points to make it 17-12 and then went on to win the game 21-15.
He will now be facing Taiwan's Tien Chen Chou in the final.
(With Agency inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma