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Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth out of the 18th Asian Games

Top Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth out of the 18th Asian Games
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Top Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy were knocked out of the 18th Asian Games after suffering shock defeats in the second round of...

Jakarta: Top Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy were knocked out of the 18th Asian Games after suffering shock defeats in the second round of the men's singles competition, in Jakarta, on Friday.

It was a disappointing end for India's campaign in men's singles as Srikanth and Prannoy failed to raise the bar after their early exits from the Nanjing World Championship early this month.

After Srikanth lost 21-23, 19-21 to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong, Prannoy too followed suit going down 12-21, 21-15, 15-21 to Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen in a 65-minute contest, much to the dismay of Indian fans.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, however, brought some cheers after reaching the quarterfinals with a thrilling 21-17, 16-21, 21-19 win over higher-ranked Malaysian combination of Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean in women's doubles.

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