India’s Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the Badminton World Championships, after losing 21-17 13-21 18-21 to Nguyen Tien Minh of Hong Kong in the second round on Wednesday.
The opening game proved to be a keen contest, but it was Kashyap who took the early lead at the 10-10 mark, winning 4 points on the trot to go 14-10 up. He then maintained that lead throughout and eventually sealed the game 21-17 in his favour.
The second game saw Minh make a comeback as he raced away to a 6-3 lead before Kashyap made it 6-6. But the Indian failed to take control of proceedings and at the 7-7 mark lost 4 points straight to go 7-11 down and then at the 12-9 mark, lost 5 more points to go 17-9 down. There was no comeback for Kashyap after that as Minh went ahead and won the second game 13-21.
The decider began on an even note but at the 4-4 mark it was Kashyap who took the lead and then held on to that advantage even as Minh continued to pile the pressure on him and after a hard tussle, it was the Indian who took an 11-10 lead at the interval mark. After the break, it continued to be a hard-fought contest but the tide began to slightly shift towards to the Minh’s side at the 14-14 mark, even as Kashyap continued to battle on. But a few errors on the part of Minh helped Kashyap make a comeback but a few costly errors from the Indian didn't help his cause and he eventually lost the decider 18-21 to bow out of the competition.
This loss certainly comes as a massive blow for India, as Kashyap was certainly among the favourites from the massive 18-member Indian contingent and all hopes will now be pinned on Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy to ensure that we come home with a medal.
Final Scoreline- Nguyen Tien Minh beat Parupalli Kashyap 21-17 13-21 18-21