National champion Dipika Pallikal Karthik put up a brave fight but could not overcome sixth-seeded French player Camille Serme in a five-game thrilling first-round match at the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday. National champion Saurav Ghosal also bowed out after losing to Ramy Ashour of Egypt.
Down two games, the World ranked 19 came back strongly to take the next two and queer the pitch of the contest. However, Dipika could not sustain the tempo leaving Camille to grab the decider and wrap up the match in 52 minutes. The final scores were 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 6-11, 11-6.
Earlier, the lone Indian in the men's section, national champion Saurav Ghosal, could not stand up to the class of former world number one Ramy Ashour of Egypt and went down in straight games 7-11, 6-11, 10-12.
Joshna Chinappa is the lone Indian survivor now, and her second round match is on Thursday.
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