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HYLO Open 2021 | Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen falter in semi-final

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HYLO Open 2021 | Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen falter in semi-final

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SportsCafe Desk

11/07/2021

Indian campaign came to an end at the Hylo Open 2021, after semi-finalists Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen lost their respective matches on Saturday. While Srikanth lost to All England champion from Malaysia, Lee Zii Jia, Sen was ousted by upcoming young Singapore player Loh Kean Yew.

Indian challenge ended at the Hylo Open 2021 in Saarbrucken, Germany on Saturday, as semi-finalists in men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen lost their respective matches. Former world No. 1 Srikanth lost 21-19, 22-20 to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia. The Malaysian is the reigning All England champion. 

In the first game, there wasn't much to separate the duo, as the Malaysian led 11-9 at the mid-game interval. But Srikanth could not really match his opponent's prowess and conceded the game eventually. In the second game, Srikanth led 11-9 at one stage and could not close the game. Even a lead of 15-10 wasn't safe for Srikanth, and from there went on to lose the game, and the match. 

On the other hand, young Laskshya Sen, ranked world no.22 in the world, lost 21-18, 21-12 to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew. The Singaporean is ranked 39th in the world. 

Now, Lee Zii Jia will take on Loh Kean Yew for the men’s singles title on Sunday.

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