Singapore Open 2023: Priyanshu Rajawat, Kidambi Srikanth’s exit ends India’s campaign

M SudharshanM Sudharshan

June 8 2023
Singapore Open 2023

The men’s doubles pair MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila also bowed out.

India’s stay at the Singapore Open 2023 came to a premature end with all three players in contention suffering defeats in the round of 16 stage. Priyanshu Rajawat and Kidambi Srikanth lost in men’s singles, while MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila in men’s doubles with all three losing in straight games.

Priyanshu Rajawat started India’s proceedings in the morning session. The Orleans Masters winner had defeated WR 15 Kanta Tsuneyama to set up a major upset in the opening round. His run, however, ended against Japanese third seed Kodai Naraoka, who won in straight games (21-17, 21-16). The Indian youngster showed glimpses of good form but couldnt carry it forward for longer durations.

MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila looked completely lost in the opening game against Ben Lane and Sean Vendy but came back extremely well in the second. The Indian pair were holding a healthy lead but lost a flurry of points in the end handing over the match to the English pair. In a similar way, Srikanth, after losing the opening game, made a steady start and was ahead by massive seven points in the second game but choked, in the end, to concede the match to Chia Hao Lee.

Srikanth made too many errors in the net play overall but was cautious in taking the lead. He could have been more alert towards the end of the second game which ultimately cost him the match. This is the second time this season that India has no presence in the quarter-finals stage of the BWF 750 tour competition with the first being the India Open held way back in January.

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India’s results from Day 3 Singapore Open 2023

Priyanshu Rajawat lost to (3)Kodai Naraoka (17-21, 16-21)

MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila lost to Ben Lane/Sean Vendy (15-21, 19-21)

Kidambi Srikanth lost Chia Hao Lee (15-21, 19-21)

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