Kashyap retires against Rajiv in French Open

PARIS: Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap on Thursday bowed out of the men’s singles event of French Open after he retired in the third game of his second round match against Rajiv Ouseph of England in the $ 275,000 Super Series tournament.

Eighth seed Kashyap lost the opening game but came back strongly in the second only to be forced to concede the match in the decider.

In the end of the 43-minute match, Rajiv advanced to the quarterfinals with a 21-11, 13-21, 4-2 win over the Indian at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

The England shuttler played a dominating game as he didn’t allow Kashyap much chance in the opening game. He lead 11-5 at the break in the first game and then slowly crafted his way to pocket the game.

In the second, Kashyap turned the tables as he lead 5-1 early on and then jumped to a 11-4 lead at the interval. He went from strength to strength to bounce back in style but the decider ended at 2-4 when he retired midway.

In another game, HS Pronnoy went down to Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus 21-15, 21-10 in 31 minutes.

Playing flawless badminton, Long Angus advanced to the quarterfinals of the Super Series tournament.

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