Kashyap crashes out of Denmark Open Super Series

New Delhi: India`s Parupalli Kashyap went down fighting to Pengyu Du of China 13-21, 17-21 in the men`s singles quarterfinal to crash out of the Denmark Open Super Series badminton championship at Odense on Saturday.

Unseeded Kashyap, who pulled off a major upset, beating third-seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand enroute to last-eight stage yesterday, found the world number 26 a tough nut to crack and lost the match in 41 minutes.

World number 38 Kashyap gave a stiff competition to the Chinese and at one point the duo were locked at nine-all, before Pengyu suddenly stormed ahead and pocketed the first game.

In the second game also, Kashyap put up a brave fight and saved as many as four match points.

However, riding on some long rallies and well-controlled net plays, Pengyu clinched the issue and set a semifinal-clash with second-seed Taufiq Hidayat of Indonesia.

Hidayat overcame fifth seed Tago Kenichi of Japan 21-19 21-19 in another quarterfinal encounter.

In the other final-four match, Yun Hu of Hong Kong will play local hope Jan O Jorgensen.

The two other Indians in the singles -- Chetan Anand and Anand Pawar have already crashed out of the event.


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