India’s campaign at the Singapore Open Superseries came to an end with World No. 15 Parupalli Kashyap crashing out in the semi-finals on Saturday. The Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold champion went down 20-22, 21-11, 21-14 to Hong Kong’s Hu Yun in a contest that lasted for 59 minutes.
Parupalli Kashyap too had been in good touch, having toppled the 5th-ranked Son Wan Ho in the second round.
Kashyap was the one who began the semi-final clash more confidently. The Hyderabad shuttler raced to a 5-1 lead with an array of brilliant attacking shots. By the mid-game interval, the Indian had opened up a huge 11-4 advantage.
Kashyap was cruising at 19-15 when the Hong Kong player started the fightback and went on a four-point burst. Despite the tremendous pressure, the Indian managed to wrap up the opening game 22-20.
Hu Yun who had begun reading Kashyap’s game better by the end of the first game, started prolonging the rallies and drawing the errors from the Indian. The tactic worked as Kashyap fell behind 2-8. Using his angular shots effectively, Hu Yun surged to a 15-8 lead and closed out the second game 21-11.
Hu Yun once again jumped out in front 4-1. As the game progressed, the Hong Kong shuttler looked more and more confident. Moving excellently, he maintained the lead throughout the final game.
Parupalli Kashyap closed it to 13-18 but the World No. 13 took three of the next four points to seal the match. This is Yun’s 3rd victory over Kashyap in 4 career meetings.
Hu Yun will challenge Japanese World No. 10 Kento Momota for the Singapore Open title on Sunday.