Kashyap Reaches Korea Masters GP Gold Quarter-Finals

Kashyap out from All England Championship

Jeju: Parupalli Kashyap, Commonwealth Games champion, reached the quarter-finals of the Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold after notching up a thrilling three-game win over China’s Zhou Zeqi in the men’s singles competition.

On a comeback trail, Kashyap defeated Zeqi 21-11, 13-21, 21-8 in a match that lasted 45 minutes. Kashyap will next take on local shuttler Jeon Hyeok Jin, sixth seed. The shuttler from Hyderabad walked away with the first game after opening a slender 3-1 lead early on. Then slowly and steadily crafted his way before reeling off five straight points to earn the bragging rights.

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In the second game, however, Zeqi turned the tables as he zoomed to a 11-6 lead, and despite Kashyap narrowing the margin to 12-13, the Chinese marched ahead to roar back into the contest.

Jolted by his rival’s performance, Kashyap changed gears to move to a 8-3 lead in the decider and didn’t give any chance to his Chinese rival. He continued his domination to seal a place in the quarters.