Changzhou (China): Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap fought hard before going down in the men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the $150,000 China Masters Grand Prix Gold, here on Thursday.
Kashyap lost 10-21, 22-20, 13-21 to former world No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest which lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic sports center.
The tournament was Kashyap's return to competitive badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury. He had suffered the injury during the Premier Badminton League in January.
Harsheel Dani lost to China's Sun Feixiang 17-21, 18-21 in another second round match as the Indian campaign came to an end.