China Open: Parupalli Kashyap upsets seventh seed Nguyen
India’s top ranked men’s singles player Parupalli Kashyap staged a remarkable come-from-behind upset win over seventh seed and world number 11 Tien Minh Nguyen 12-21, 22-20, 21-14 to romp into the quarterfinals of the Li Ning China Open Badminton Championship.
The world number 23 Indian thus maintains his recent winning run over Nguyen, having beaten him in straight games at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kashyap looked out of sorts from the start, as Nguyen raced to a 11-5 lead. The Indian tried hard to bounce back but the Vietnamese shuttler never allowed the India to settle down and maintained a five-point gap at all times.
At 12-17, Kashyap had to summon desperate measures to stay in the game, but Nguyen reeled off four straight points to pocket the opening game at 21-12 in just 16 minutes.
Nguyen tightened his grip over Kashyap in the second game, rattling to a 5-1 lead and at this juncture, it looked a real mountain to climb for the Indian.
Kashyap showed plenty of resilience to reduce the gap at 4-5.
The Indian levelled things first at 6-6, and later at 7-7 before Nguyen used all his experience to move ahead 9-7.
Kashyap showed what a tough cookie he is, winning seven consecutive points to take a crucial 14-9 lead before Nguyen tried to make things hard for him, thrice leveling the scores at 16-16, 17-17 and 18-18 .
It was a battle of attrition as the second game went into deuce and the Indian prevailed 22-20 to stay in the tournament.
The decider saw both players give nothing away with the scores tied 6-6. Nguyen, however, won two crucial points to move ahead 8-6.
Trailing 6-8, Kashyap digged deep into his reserves and bagged five consecutive points to take a 11-8 lead.
The Indian grew in supreme confidence as the decider wore on and took a commanding 17-11 lead. Nguyen had pretty much thrown in the towel by then, as Kashyap performed the final rites to close the final gate at 21-14.