Kashyap Stuns World No 1; Cruises Into The Semis

RSTV Bureau

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap continued his winning streak at the Indonesian Open Super Series to reach the men’s singles semi finals. This time, Kashyap managed to stun World No. 1 Chen Long.

Kashyap, who ranks number 12 in the world, beat top seed Long 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 in a contest that lasted over an hour.

Kashyap was consistent with his smashes and impeccable with his net play in the match. Even though, Long is said to be one of the quickest movers and hardest hitters of the game in the world, he failed to counter Kashyap’s smashes and made several unforced errors.

In the opening game, Kashyap was no match to the world champion who comfortably sealed the first game 21-14.

The second game was neck-and-neck till 7-7 and then things started to turn around for the Indian who came back strongly to win three consecutive points and then finally taking the set 21-17.

In the final game, Kashyap took a 9-3 lead as Long committed way too many unforced errors giving Kashyap a massive 14-5 lead. From here on, it was a simple win for the 28-year-old.

Incidentally, this is the second time Kashyap has defeated Long. Kashyap’s last victory against Long was in the same tournament in 2012.