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Japan Open: Pranaav-Sikki lose in semis

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Japan Open: Pranaav-Sikki lose in semis N. Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra in action. Courtesy: BAI Media

Tokyo: India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the semifinals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships here on Saturday.

The Indian pair lost 21-14, 15-21, 19-21 in 59 minutes to Japanese qualifiers Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota.

The performance of Pranaav and Sikki was the only positive for India in Tokyo as Olympic silver medalists P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal fell in the second round on Thursday while Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy were defeated in the quarterfinals.

Parupalli Kashyap had failed to qualify for the main draw.

Meanwhile, Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain reached the women's singles final as she got a walkover from recently crowned world champion and local favorite Nozomi Okuhara. The Japanese had fitness issues.

In the men's singles semifinal, Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei moved past Chinese second seed Shi Yuqi with a 21-19, 21-8 win in 39 minutes.

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