Kashyap, Prannoy, Sindhu exit from Swiss Open
Basel, March 14 : After a brilliant show the day before, Thursday proved to be unlucky as all Indian shuttlers went out in the pre-quarterfinal stage of the USD 125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold here at St. Jakobshalle.
London Olympics quarterfinalist Parupalli Kashyap suffered a shock loss against old nemesis in the third round of the tier three tournament. On the day he reached his career-best ranking of World No.7, Kashyap went down to Malaysian ninth seed Wei Feng Chong 21-18, 7-21, 16-21 in 55 minutes.
This was the fifth seed's third consecutive loss against the World No. 18 Malaysian. Their last encounter took place three years back in 2010.
Kerala boy H.S. Prannoy, who upset seventh seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand Wednesday, failed to impress again as he went down in a marathon encounter against fifteenth seed Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei. The World No.26 won 21-16, 15-21, 21-15 in exactly an hour.
Rising shuttler P.V. Sindhu's run was also halted by another Asian, Yui Hashimotot of Japan in 39 minutes in the women's singles. The qualifier upset the Indian 23-21, 21-11 in their first ever career meet.
It was also the end of the road for Thane duo Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar who lost their men's doubles second round match to South Korean No.1 seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Yong Dae Lee 21-14, 21-12 in 26 minutes.