HEARTBREAK FOR INDIA in the men's singles competition as World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth and World No. 12 H S Prannoy lost their respective matches after gruelling battles.
While third seed Srikanth suffered a 21-14 17-21 21-23 loss to 13th seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong, Prannoy went down 16-21 21-19 18-21 to seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
Prannoy who had no hopes of qualifying beyond the first or second round (as said to Firstpost in an interview), reaching the pre-quarters does mean that he tried his best. It is always difficult to get back from an injury.
On the other hand world no. 3 Srikanth was hopeful of a medal and after Kashyap's early exit the pressure on him just a little too much. Now with all the Indian men out of the championship, the pressure is transfered to the women who are yet to play their respective matches.