Kidambi Srikanth lost a three-game men’s singles quarter-final to Korea’s Lee Dong Keun at Japan Open on Friday.
The seventh seeded Srikanth lost 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 to Dong Keun in a duel that lasted an hour and 19 minutes.
Former world No 1 Srikanth had avenged his Asian Games loss to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent with a clinical straight game win in the previous round.
With Srikanth’s exit, the Indian shuttlers’ campaign at the Japan Open came to a halt as Olympic medallist and Asian Games silver-medallist PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy crashed out in the previous rounds of the women’s and men’s singles event respectively on Thursday.
In the men’s doubles too, the Indians failed to progress with the pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy failing to go past the pre-quarterfinal stage on Thursday.