Jakarta: On a bitter-sweet day for India, Parupalli Kashyap rallied to startle World No. 1 Chen Long to enter a men’s singles semifinals even as Saina Nehwal bent out with a quarterfinal detriment to informed enemy Wang Shixian in a Indonesian Open Super Series badminton competition here
Kashyap, ranked 12th in a world, came from behind to kick a tip seed Chinese 14-21 21-17 21-14 in a competition that lasted an hour and 3 minutes. He will take on third-seeded Dane Jan O Jorgensen.
“Big win currently ! Thru to semis now. Keep supporting,” Kahsyap tweeted.
However, Saina, who has won this competition thrice in her career, went down 21-16 12-21 18-21 to aged enemy Wang Shixian of China in a 69-minute battle. This was a 13th face-off between a dual and Wang has a 7-6 altogether lead now.
Kashyap was a initial to take a justice currently and refused to be intimidated by a awaiting of confronting upto a universe series one.
The Commonwealth gold-medallist Indian was unchanging with his smashes and exquisite with his net play opposite his some-more fanciful opponent.
Coming into this match, Long had a 7-1 head-to-head record opposite Kashyap. The numero uno shuttler over a final dual years has emerged as China’s inheritor to a exquisite Lin Dan.
Incidentally, Kashyap’s final feat opposite Long came in this really competition in 2012.
In what was a classical David vs Goliath battle, Kashyap used all his resources to overcome his rival. One of a fastest movers and hardest hitters in a world, Long unsuccessful to opposite Kashyap’s odd, accurate smashes and started committing spontaneous errors.
In a opening game, Kashyap was frequency a compare to Long, who not usually non-stop adult a 6-2 lead nonetheless consistently changed ahead.
Kashyap hold adult with him on a integrate of occasions nonetheless once a Chinese pennyless divided from a tied 11-11 position to 16-11, there was no looking behind for him. Long absolutely hermetic a initial diversion 21-14.
The second diversion went neck-and-neck compartment 7-7 before a Indian managed to take a slight lead and reason on to a advantage, always gripping his nose ahead.
Even nonetheless a gifted Chinese kept respirating down his neck, Kashyap wriggled out of some wily situations to take a diversion to a decider.
In a third game, Kashyap pennyless divided from tied 2-2 to take a 9-3 lead, even as Long committed too many spontaneous errors, attack far-reaching and prolonged to palm over a large 14-5 lead to a Indian.
In a end, it was a cakewalk for Kashyap, who done full use of his chances to cruise through. Saina snatched a movement utterly early as she raced to a 11-5 lead and built on it utterly aggressively to bind a opening diversion in 30 minutes.
But a gifted Wang roared behind in a second diversion to pull turn and make a conflict interesting. Saina had a initial corner in a decider, grabbing a 6-3 lead nonetheless Wang did not concede her to run divided with it by creation it 6-6.
A see-saw conflict followed and a dual players were sealed 8-8 before Saina nosed forward with a 15-10 lead. However, Wang fought behind nonetheless again to pull turn during 15-15 and 17-17. The Chinese star took a lead from there on and hold her nerves to dupe a Indian, who has triumphed here in 2009, 2010 and 2012.