One of the finest Indian shuttlers, Parupalli Kashyap put up a great show against Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the straight-games of ongoing Korea Open Super 500 tournament on Friday. The 33-year-old classic shuttler who had a 2-4 record against the powerful opponent finally registered his spectacular win with a comprehensive 24-22, 21-8 verdict. Kashyap who seemed to look in a great form in that match toppled Jorgensen in just 47 minutes of action.
However, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Kashyap got off a jerky start against former World No. 2. as he narrowly edged past Jorgensen by 24-22 margin in the first set. But in the second set, the Indian didn’t take much time to finish off the game with a perfect win against Jorgensen.
With this comfortable win, Kashyap now secured his place in semi-finals of Korea Open 2019 where he will be facing World No.1 Kento Momota. Kashyap is now the only Indian in the fray fighting for his country’s gold medal. All his fellow Indian players Saina Nehwal, Sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu have already crashed out of the tournament.
Earlier in the prestigious event, ace Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth bowed out at a very early stage. Everything was going well for 27-year-old young badminton player at the beginning of the campaign opener against Anders Antonsen of Denmark. But suddenly after the first set, he decided to walk off the court due to injury.
On the other side in women’s singles, London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was also ruled out from the tournament after playing just two rounds in campaign opener. Former World No.1 Indian Shuttler who was facing consecutive defeats this year crashed out from Korea Open Super 500 tournament also after injuring herself midway. She was scheduled to perform against local star Kim Ga Eun in the very first round of the prestigious tournament. Saina did her best in first two sets but right after the third set lost her momentum to the Korean and quitted the tournament immediately. While PV Sindhu fell short against Beiwen Zhang of US with a close margin of 21-7, 24-22, 21-15 at Incheon.