TOKYO, Sept 22: Rio Olympics quarterfinalist K Srikanth emerged as the lone survivor at the Japan Open after he reached the last eight stage of the men�s singles competition at the Super Series event here today.
However, it wasn�t the sort of victory that Srikanth would have ever wished for as his match against compatriot Ajay Jayaram was stopped midway after the 28-year-old Mumbai-based shuttler injured his left ankle.
Jayaram retired following the end of the opening game, which went in favour of Srikanth 21-16.
�I injured my left ankle but it doesn�t look serious so hopefully with proper rest for a few days, I should be ready for Korea Open,� Jayaram told PTI.
The eighth seeded Indian will next face Germany�s Marc Zwiebler. Srikanth has a 2-1 record against the German, who defeated the Indian during the 2014 edition of the same tournament.
It was also not a good day in office for HS Prannoy as he went down fighting 16-21, 19-21 against second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a 44-minute battle. � PTI