The second round of the Chinese Taipei Open ended the hopes of the Indian shuttlers as all of them were knocked out of the tournament. The Indian shuttlers began well but could not continue their impressive run-of-form.
While it was a tough game for unseeded Indians Sameer Verma as he faced the number one seed in the tournament losing in straight sets 21-19 and 21-16, the shockers were the early losses by Sindhu (21-15 and 21-17) and Kidambi Srikanth.
Kidambi Srikanth fails to break second round “Jinx”
India’s hopes for a title very much depended on the shoulders of Kidambi Srikanth who failed to break his second-round jinx at the tournament and was handed a tough defeat at the hands of Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustafa.
The match ended in straight sets, and it would seem the Indian was hardly any competition but that is untrue. The opening game between the two ended in a nail biter as neither was willing to give-up. However, it was the Indonesian who picked the last point to send the third seed packing home, winning the match with a comfortable scoreline of 21-19 and 21-18.
That was the end of India’s journey at the Chinese Taipei Open and one hopes for a better performance in the coming weeks.