Incheon, Sep 27: India's star shuttler Parupalli Kashyap winning momentum came to end after going down to world no 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the men’s singles semi-finals of Korea Open here on Saturday.
Earlier, likes of ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Sai Praneeth were knocked down in the very first-round, Kashyap was the lone Indian left in the competition, but lost 13-21 15-21 to the two-time reigning world champion Momota in 40 minutes.
This is Momota's third win against Kashyap. The Indian shuttler in his career record has never won any match against the Japanese. Kashyap last played and lost against Momota four years ago at Indonesia Open.In the first game Momota maintained the lead 8-5 and then 18-10 and after that gained 4 points against Kashyap taking score to 21-13 winning the first game.
In the decider there was exciting counter between both, but after Kashyap was behind he managed to bag 5 points continuously and levelled score at 12-12, but then Japanese won six points taking score to 18-12. Finally Momota gained two points and won the match 21-15 making his way to finals.Momota now faces Chinese Taipei's Tien Chen in the summit clash.(UNI)