Sindhu, Srikanth exit in quarters

Sindhu, Srikanth exit in quarters

Japan's Kento Momota packed off India's Kidambi Srikanth in the quarterfinals of the China Open. File photo

Top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their quarterfinal matches on Friday, drawing curtains on India's campaign at the USD one million China Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament here.

Srikanth was ousted 9-21, 11-21 by reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan while third seed Sindhu went down fighting 11-21, 21-11, 15-21 to World No 6 Chen Yufei of China in a hard-fought contest, which lasted 52 minutes.

Sindhu had beaten the 20-year-old Chen four times in their last six meetings but on Friday she couldn't curb her errors or find a way to break her opponent's superior game plan.

Earlier, Srikanth, who had a 3-7 head-to-head record against Momota, couldn't find a chink in Momota's armour and went down without a fight against the world No 2 in a lop-sided contest.

Srikanth had lost to Momota at the Malaysia Open and Indonesia Open in June and July respectively.

The Indian was no match for Momota, who has been in sensational form since making a comeback after serving a one-year ban for visiting an illegal casino.