Gopichand crashes out in quarterfinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

The Indian challenge in badminton singles event of the 14th Asian Games came to an end with ace shuttler Pullela Gopi Chand bowing out in the men's quarter-fina

Gopichand crashes out in quarterfinals

Busan:

The Indian challenge in badminton singles event of the 14th Asian Games came to an end with ace shuttler Pullela Gopi Chand bowing out in the men's quarter-final at the Gangseo Gymnasium. Gopi Chand went down to South Korea's Seung Mo Shon in straight games 9-15, 11-15 to the disappointment of the Indian contingent, which was expecting at least a bronze medal from the former All England champion. Gopi Chand, now below 50 in world rankings due to poor form and injury, committed a number of unforced errors against the South Korean who enjoyed vociferous home crowd support. The second-seeded Shon took tight control of proceedings with a better all round play to wrap up the first game without much difficulty though the Indian showed signs of playing to his potential towards the fag end of that game. After conceding the first game, Gopi Chand made a valiant effort to pull back but the Korean, despite making a few mistakes under pressure, did not allow the Indian to gain an upper hand. Shon admitted after the match Gopi Chand had proved to be a tough opponent. "He is as tough as they come and today he showed glimpses of his top form. I was lucky to win in two games." Gopi Chand seemed to have lost his concentration midway through the second game and the local favourite was quick to pounce on the chance and increase his lead substantially. (PTI)

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