Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth retire in the first round

Indians Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the first round of the Indonesia Open badminton tournament after losing in consecutive matches, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

While not everyone. 8 Sen lost to fellow countryman HS Prannoy 10-21 9-21 in a first-round clash in world number one India. 11 Srikanth, who was making a comeback after nearly a month, was stunned by 41st ranked Brice Leverdez of France 21-23 10-21.

This is Srikanth’s first defeat against the 36-year-old Frenchman in six games.

Sen, who was in great shape, clinched his first-ever Super 500 title this year. The 20-year-old reached the final of the prestigious England Championships and was also part of the Indian men’s team that won the historic Thomas Cup crown.

Interestingly, this was Prannoy’s first-ever win over Sen in their three head-to-head encounters so far.

In doubles, the duo of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila opened their accounts with a victory, overcoming the higher ranked Japanese pair of Kelichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi 27-25 18-25 21-19.

However, it was the curtain for the women’s duo of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam, losing 9-21 10-21 to China’s Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu in just 28 minutes.

The campaign also ended for another women’s duo of Haritha M Harinarayan and Ashna Roy as the duo also suffered a back-to-back loss to South Koreans Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong.

In the match Sen against Prannoy, the former was no match for an aggressive Prannoy, who despite being down 3-6 at one point, made a comeback, thanks to some good shots. The 29-year-old eventually extended his lead to 21-10 and bagged the opener with ease.

In game two, Prannoy continued where he left off and took a massive 11-3 lead. Trailing, Sen was expected to make a comeback, but Prannoy’s unplayable cross smashes made it a tough deal for the former.

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