Yonex Belgian International: Anup Sridhar sinks in quarterfinals
India’s Anup Sridhar’s impressive run in the Yonex Belgian International badminton championship came to an end when he lost to sixth seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia 18-21, 5-21 in the men’s singles quarterfinals in Leuven, Belgium on Friday.
The 138th-ranked Indian started on a promising note, matching the 50th ranked Indonesian in all departments of the game.
Anup, in fact, raised visions of pulling off another win over a higher ranked player when he reeled off six consecutive points, but Tedjono gradually asserted his supremacy over the former with lethal smashes and net winners.
The Indonesian had two game points and soon completed the formalities bagging the opening game at 21-18.
Anup, who had once reached a career-high ranking of 37, suffered a severe lapse in concentration in the second set and struggled to stay competitive.
Tedjono pinned the Indian on the backfoot with a slew of winners even as the Indian committed a plethora of unforced errors.
The Indonesian gained a huge lead and there was no way Anup could fightback and he lost the second game tamely at 5-21.
This was Tedjono’s second win over Anup. Their only earlier meeting was at the 2005 Jakarta Satellite tourney where the Indian lost in three games.
Earlier, Anup created a flutter when stunned upset second seed Ville Lang of Finland in straight games 21-10, 21-11 to storm into the quarterfinals.
The Indian made a mockery of the rankings, displaying a nice blend of smash winners and net winners to surge ahead in the opening game.
The 30-year-old logged five points on the trot to sit pretty midway through the opening game before sealing the first game at 21-10.
Anup slipped into fifth gear in the second game, literally toying with his 40th ranked opponent before bagging the second game and the match at 21-11.
The Bangalore lad earlier caused a mild upset when he disposed higher ranked Thomas Rouxel of France in straight games 21-17, 21-17 in the opening round.