Parupalli Kashyap bows out of the Indonesia Open; loses his semifinal in three games
- Parupalli Kashyap lost his semifinal in three games.
India’s Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the 2015 Indonesia Open after falling to Kento Momota of Japan in three games 21-12 17-21 19-21 in 76 minutes in the semifinals on Saturday.
The match began on a positive note for the Indian as he went 2-0 up early, but it became a neck-and-neck battle between both players at the 3-3 mark and it was Kashyap, who eventually, went ahead at 7-7 mark, winning two point straight to make it 9-7 in his favour.
The World no.12 Kashyap, then further bolstered his advantage his Japanese opponent by winning 8 points on the trot to go from being 9-8 up 17-8 up and that virtually ended all hopes of a Momota come back and he went down 21-12 in the opening game.
The second game saw the Indian get off to a poor start as Momota took an early 5-1 lead but Kashyap came back into the game with a vengeance, winning the next 8 points consecutively to take a 9-5 lead in the game. But just when he had the opportunity to further strengthen his advantage, the Japanese began to peg back and eventually tied it at 11-points apiece.
It proved to be a neck-and-neck contest from there on in, as both players matched one another for point for point, once agin reaching a deadlock, at 15-15. It was Kashyap, who broke the ice at that point, but a sudden surge of 4 straight points for Momota at the 17-17 mark, meant that he sealed the game 21-17 in his favour, thereby taking the match into a decider.
The decider proved to be a riveting contest from the very first game point, as both players refused to give away the advantage and at the 6-6 mark, it was Momota who took the advantage, winning 2 points on the trot and taking the lead in the game.
But Kashyap made a quick comeback to bring the match back on level terms and once again, it proved to be a cracking game from there on in as both players went toe-to-toe.
The decisive turn in the game, though, came when, Momota overturned a 17-16 advantage to win the 5 out of the 7 points and clinch the game and the match in his favour and move into the finals of the competition.