Hong Kong Open 2018: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma Crash Out In Quarter-Finals
Kidambi Srikanth lost to Kenta Nishimoto while Sameer Verma lost out to Lee Cheuk Yiu in the quarter-finals of Hong Kong Open.
Kidambi Srikanth lost to Kenta Nishimoto in straight sets
Sameer Verma lost against Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong
Match between Sameer and Lee Cheuk lasted an hour and 13 minutes
India badminton stars Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma crashed out of the 2018 Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Friday. World No. 8 Kidambi Srikanth lost to Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 17-21, 13-21 while Sameer Verma was ousted by Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong 15-21, 21-19, 11-21 in a three-game thriller in the men's singles quarter-finals. The match between Srikanth and Nishimoto was a one-sided affair as the Japanese defeated the 25-year-old Indian in straight games in 44 minutes. Sameer Verma, on the other hand, gave a tough fight to his Hong Kong opponent but eventually lost after an hour and 13 minutes.
In the day's earlier match, Srikanth started sluggishly giving away a 5-9 to lead to Nishimoto in the first game. Srikanth, then recovered, winning four consecutive points to close the gap at 11-12.
With the game hanging in the balance at 15-15, Nishimoto won four points in a row to take decisive lead and eventually wrapped up the game at 21-17.
In the second game, Srikanth failed to gain any momentum as he was continuously put under pressure by Nishimoto. With the score-line reading 3-11 at the mid-break, the Japanese managed to keep the Indian at bay and easily win the final game 21-13.
In the day's later match, Sameer Verma suffered a heartbreaking loss to his Hong Kong opponent. Like Srikanth, Sameer Verma also had a terrible start against Lee Cheuk Yiu in the first game.
Sameer lost four straight points right at the start and ended the first half of the first game with a 3-11 deficit. Sameer failed to ever recover and lost the first game 15-21.
In the second game of the match, Sameer fought valiantly against Lee, trailing 10-11 at the mid-game break. Sameer Verma upped the ante in the latter stages of the game to take the lead and wrapped up the game 21-19.
The final game was a complete anti-climax as Sameer Verma's game took a sudden dip despite the score being 4-all. From that point Lee Cheuk Yiu dominated the proceedings not giving the Indian even half a chance. In no time the local player finished off Sameer Verma 21-11 to march into the last four of the tournament.