Mlheim an der Ruhr (Germany): Top Indian shuttler K. Srikanth played out of his skin before going down fighting to Olympic champion Chen Long of China in the pre-quarterfinals, drawing curtains on India's campaign at the German Open Grand Prix Gold here.
The 12th-seeded lost 19-21, 20-22 in a match which lasted 47 minutes on Thursday.
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Srikanth, on a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, blew 12-6 and 16-12 leads in the two games to go down to the the second seed, who is also a two-time world champion and All England champion.
In the opening game, Srikanth had opened up a 3-0 lead early on and jumped to a 12-6 healthy lead at one stage, but Chen fought back to slowly recover his lost ground and turned the tables with a four-point burst to surge to a 19-17 lead.
The Indian grabbed two points, but Chen earned the next two points to pocket the first game.
In the second game, Chen moved ahead 9-5, but Srikanth reeled off seven straight points to grab the lead. He kept his nose ahead till 16-12 when the Chinese marched ahead with a six-point burst and despite some desperate attempts by Srikanth, Chen closed out the tie.