Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Apr 5: India's challenge at the Malaysia Open came to an end, as Kidambi Srikanth lost 18-21, 19-21 in the men's singles quarter-finals to Chen Long of China, here on Friday. This was Srikanth's fourth quarterfinal of the season.
Srikanth fought hard in both games but Long, who is the reigning Olympic champion and a two-time World and All England champion, proved to be solid right till the end.
Though the Indian got a good star in the opening game and held at 16-11 lead before Chen staged a comeback. The Chinese maintained his pace while on the other side Srikanth ended up making quite a few unforced errors while looking for points.
Chen, however, took the advantage of the better conditions in the second game and took a lead for 8-16. Srikanth fought back and made it to 18-18, but Long stuffed out any chances of the match going into a decider by winning three of the next four points.
On Thursday, Srikanth had defeated Khosit Phetpradab 21-11, 21-15 in just 32 minutes, to earn a spot in the last eight. (UNI)