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The world-class Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap knocked out of ongoing China Open 2019 after losing to Victor Axelson of Denmark in the second-round encounter. The 33-year-old experienced badminton star was head over heels after marking his ways to the second round of China Open this year when all his fellow Indian stars went down in their respective opening encounters. But it seemed like his celebration was short-lived as seventh-seeded Axelson crushed all his winning hopes in the thrilling straight-games on Thursday. The Danish professional outclassed the Indian star by 21-13, 21-19 scoreline in a match lasted for just 43 minutes at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center in China.

Right from the beginning of the game, Axelson tried to dominate the Indian opponent and eventually, he became successful in his plan as he easily cruised past the strong contender with 21-13 verdict in the first set. Though in the second set, Kashyap tried to come back in the game but Axelson didn’t allow him to take the lead. As a result, he emerged victorious in the second game and also booked his place in the enthralling quarterfinals.

Kashyap reached to the second encounter after defeating World No. 21 Thammasin Sitthikom by 21-14, 21-13 margin in the opening battle on Wednesday. With that win, he gained the confidence to face talented shuttler Victor Axelson in the next match. But unfortunately crashed out of the $700,000 tournament.

Earlier his better-half Saina Nehwal also faced an opening-round exit against local star Yan Yan Cai on Wednesday. World No. 8 experienced badminton star lost to World No. 22 Chinese opponent with a great margin of 9-21, 12-21 in a two-set match. Cai took only 24 minutes of action to knock out the Indian legend from the prestigious event.

Not only this, World Champion PV Sindhu also bowed out of the grand tournament after losing to World No. 42 Pai Yu Po of Taiwan in the opening battle. The Taiwanese superstar cruised past the young Indian opponent with a great margin of 21-13, 21-18, 21-19 in just 74 minutes of action. Sindhu tried her best to make a comeback in the game but Pai constantly kept her at bay.