In a thoroughly unexpected fashion, Parupalli Kashyap upset China’s world number one Chen Long to move into the semifinals of the Indonesian Open. This is the second time Kashyap has beaten Chen, having lost to the Chinese shuttler on the seven occasions. Surprisingly, the last time Kashyap beat Chen was also at the Indonesian Open in 2012.
The small bunch of Kashyap supporters in court number 3 inside Istora Senayan stadium in Indonesia were sitting praying for miracles. None were needed however, as Parupalli had a master plan in place to tackle the fast and hard-hitting Chinese.
Parupalli Kashyap Unsettles Chen Long With Precise Smashes
The first game belonged to the Chinese but Kashyap had made his intentions quite clear. Chen opened a 4 point lead at 6-2. Against any other shuttler, it would have been intimidating enough to put him out of contention. But Kashyap fought back and gained the lead twice in the first game. Chen maintained his composure and managed to secure the game at 21-14.
When the second game began, Kashyap got some spring in his shoes and forced multiple errors from the World No. 1 by raining precise smashes towards all corners of the court. It was Chen who was struggling to gain a lead on Kashyap. After warding off a lot of resistance from the Chinese, Kashyap took the match into the third game with a 21-17 victory.
The third game was a replica of the first but the roles were reversed. Parupalli Kashyap opened a big lead in the beginning of the third game as he rallied from 4-3 to 9-3. Chen was trying hard to find a response. The more he tried, the more easier he made it for Paruppali Kashyap. Chen Long allowed Kashyap to move on to 14-5. From that point, it was evident that the match was over. A few more unforced errors from Chen Long and some masterclass smashes from Parupalli Kashyap’s side sealed the outcome.
Two Steps Away From Maiden Indonesian Open Title
With a 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 victory, Parupalli Kashyap left a big crowd of Chen Long’s supporters stunned and secured a place in the semi-finals. Kashyap came so far only once earlier in 2012 and lost. This time he would be looking to go all the way and lay his hands on the trophy.
Parupalli Kashyap will now face the winner of the quarter-final match being played between qualifier Ginting Anthony of Indonesia and eighth seeded Kento Momota of Japan.