Korea Masters: Kashyap reaches quarterfinals

Parupalli Kashyap defeated China's Zhou Zeqi 21-11 13-21 21-8 in a 45-minute thriller for a place in the quarterfinals.

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Parupalli Kashyap came back superbly to win the deciding game after conceding the second.   -  PTI

Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap reached the Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold quarterfinals after a thrilling three-game win over China’s Zhou Zeqi in the men’s singles competition here today.

Kashyap defeated Zeqi 21-11 13-21 21-8 in a match that lasted 45 minutes. Kashyap will next take on local shuttler Jeon Hyeok Jin, seeded sixth.

The shuttler from Hyderabad walked away with the first game after opening a slender 3-1 lead early on. He maintained a marginal lead before reeling off five straight points to win the game.

In the second game, however, Zeqi turned the tables as he zoomed to a 11-6 lead. Despite Kashyap narrowing the margin to 12-13, the Chinese marched on to square the contest.

Jolted by his rival’s performance, Kashyap changed gears to move to a 8-3 lead in the decider and kept Zeqi in check to seal a quarterfinal spot.