Jakarta, Jan 15: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth knocked out of the Indonesia Masters 500 tournament after losing to local favourite Shesar Hiren Rhustavito, here on Wednesday.
Srikanth took the first game 21-18 but the Indonesian shuttler came back strongly in the next two games to advance to the next round in the game. Srikanth went down to Rhustavito 21-18 12-21 14-21 in a first round match that lasted one hour and three minutes. This was Srikanth's second consecutive opening-round defeat this season.
Earlier, he had also made a first-round exit from the Malaysia Masters last week. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy also lost to the South Korean combination of Ko Sung Hyun and Eom Hye Won 8-21 14-21 in straight games. Later in the day, Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma will be in action. In the women's category, India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu will also start her campaign against Aya Ohori of Japan. (UNI)