Hylo Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Gayatri-Treesa lose in semifinals

Indian women’s doubles duo Gayatri Gopichand-Treesa Jolly lost to Benyapa Aimsaard-Nuntakarn Aimsaard in the Hylo Open semifinal despite taking the first-game lead here on Saturday. Benyapa-Nuntakarn won the match 17-21, 21-14, 21-18 in one hour and two minutes.

With five consecutive points, Gayatri-Treesa won the first game 21-17. In the second game, the world no. 19 Thai pair found their rhythm back and widened the lead to 16-12, and went on to level the parity at 21-14.

The third game was closely fought. The world no. 28 Indian pair earned three points lead. Benyapa-Nuntakarn did try to fight back with a few points but Gayatri-Treesa cruised with an 11-7 lead at the interval.

However, post-interval, the Thai pair squeezed the gap at 13-15 with four consecutive points and ultimately levelled at 18-18 before wrapping up the match, winning the game 21-18.

This is the Thai pair’s first win over Gayatri-Treesa. In the All England Open Badminton Championship in March, Gayatri-Treesa defeated them in the Round of 32 meeting.

Benyapa-Nuntakarn will take on Lu Ying Yao-Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei in the final.

Kidambi Srikanth loses fourth semifinal of the year

In the men’s singles semifinal, world no. 11 Kidambi Srikanth went down to world no. Anthony Ginting in straight games.

Srikanth lost the first game 21-18. In the second game, Ginting swiftly took an 11-6 lead and advanced to the final with a 21-15 win.

This is Srikanth’s fourth semifinal defeat of the year. Earlier this year, the former world no. 1 Indian lost in the last-four stage at the Swish Open, Korea Open in April, Commonwealth Games, respectively. However, he was key to India’s Thomas Cup team championship triumph in Bangkok in May.

The Indonesian will face Chou Tien Chen in the summit clash on Sunday. Tien Chen beat Toma Junior Popov in the semifinal.

Meanwhile, in women’s singles, Chinese shuttler Zhang Yi Man beat former world champion Nozomi Okuhara 21-18, 21-17. Yi man will face her compatriot Han Yue, who defeated Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska in straight games (21-19, 21-19).

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