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Kashyap loses to Momota in semis

By The Assam Tribune

JAKARTA, June 6 (IANS): Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap�s splendid run at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier ended on Saturday as he lost to Japanese rising star Kento Momota 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 in the men�s singles semifinal here.

Kashyap, 28, was bidding to reach the summit clash of a Superseries tournament for the first time and set it up beautifully with a stunning 21-12 victory in the first game over world No.9 Momota.

But the 20-year-old Japanese scripted a stunning comeback to claim the second game before fighting hard to cliche the third and won the match in an hour and 16 minutes at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Following Kashyap�s loss, India�s campaign in the tournament also ended as he and Saina Nehwal were the only ones who reached the quarter-finals on Friday. Saina lost to China�s Shixian Wang in a final eight contest.

With this win, two-time world junior champion Momota reached the final of the Superseries for the second time in this year and also took a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap.

Kashyap, who defeated world No.8 Son Wan ho and World No.1 Chen Long in the second round and quarter-finals, respectively, played an aggressive game from the beginning. His aggression helped him earn eight consecutive points to take a huge lead at 17-8 and that gave him a 21-12 win.

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Kashyap loses to Momota in semis

JAKARTA, June 6 (IANS): Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap�s splendid run at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier ended on Saturday as he lost to Japanese rising star Kento Momota 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 in the men�s singles semifinal here.

Kashyap, 28, was bidding to reach the summit clash of a Superseries tournament for the first time and set it up beautifully with a stunning 21-12 victory in the first game over world No.9 Momota.

But the 20-year-old Japanese scripted a stunning comeback to claim the second game before fighting hard to cliche the third and won the match in an hour and 16 minutes at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Following Kashyap�s loss, India�s campaign in the tournament also ended as he and Saina Nehwal were the only ones who reached the quarter-finals on Friday. Saina lost to China�s Shixian Wang in a final eight contest.

With this win, two-time world junior champion Momota reached the final of the Superseries for the second time in this year and also took a 2-0 lead in career meetings over the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap.

Kashyap, who defeated world No.8 Son Wan ho and World No.1 Chen Long in the second round and quarter-finals, respectively, played an aggressive game from the beginning. His aggression helped him earn eight consecutive points to take a huge lead at 17-8 and that gave him a 21-12 win.