Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth entered the semi-finals of the men’s singles event at the Hong Kong Open after fifth seed Chen Long of China decided to quit the contest owing to an injury, in Hong Kong on Friday.
Unseeded Srikanth, ranked 13th in the world, was leading by a game when Long decided to concede the match, thus handing the Indian a place in the last-four of the BWF World Tour Super 500 event.
Srikanth pocketed the first game 21-13 in just 15 minutes when world No 4 Long hung up his racquet to put an end to the contest.
It was Srikanth’s second career win over the Chinese shuttler. The Indian still trails 2-6 in head-to-head win-loss record.
The only time the two shuttlers met this year was in the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open in April where Long brushed aside Srikanth’s challenge in straight games.
Srikanth’s lone victory over Long came in 2017 when he defeated the Chinese 22-20 21-16 to win the Australian Open.
Srikanth, the lone Indian in contention in the tournament, will next meet the winner of the other quarter-final match between Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu and seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.