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Korea Masters: Indian Challenge Over as Srikanth, Sameer Knocked Out in 2nd Round

first_img badmintonkidambi srikanthKorea Masterssameer verma First Published: November 21, 2019, 12:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Gwangju: India’s challenge at the Korea Masters ended on Thursday after both Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma lost their respective second round matches to lower-ranked opponents.Srikanth, ranked 11th in the world, lost 14-21, 19-21 to world No.14 Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in just 37 minutes to crash out of the tournament. World No.20 Sameer, on the other hand, was absolutely stunned by local player Kim Donghun, who is ranked 112th in the world. Sameer was downed by Donghun 19-21, 12-21 in only 39 minutes.Srikanth and Tsuneyama began the match neck-and-neck and at one point, the Indian even led 10-8. However, the Japanese picked up six consecutive points from there to take a 14-10 lead.Srikanth was unable to hit back at the Japanese as Tsuneyama grabbed the first game with four points in a row.The second game saw a similar story, where Tsuneyama won four straight points from 9-9 to take a 13-9 lead. However, trailing 12-17, Srikanth managed to string together a run of four straight points to make it 16-17.Tsuneyama, however, held his nerves to bring up match points at 20-18. Srikanth saved one before the Japanese wrapped up the proceedings.Sameer was shocked by Donghun, who is placed 92 places below him in the BWF rankings. Sameer started the match well and took a 9-6 lead but the local won the next four points to lead 10-9.Sameer fought back to lead 14-12 only for the South Korean to string together a stretch of four points again to take a 16-14 lead.It remained close from there but at 19-19, Donghun brought up a game points and wrapped it up in one attempt.The second game saw the players stay close till 10-10 after which Donghun pulled away to take a 14-10 lead. Sameer could never mount a comeback from there as the South Korea bagged five points in a row to advance to the quarter-finals. last_img read more

Government on edge over deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Premier Antonis Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras kept up their efforts to sign off on an austerity deal with the troika as the two junior partners in the coalition continued to object to aspects of the tenuous agreement. The biggest hurdle to finalizing the deal was posed by the smallest party in the coalition, Democratic Left, which persisted in its opposition to the troika’s demand for controversial labor reforms. In a statement issued late on Thursday, the party appealed to Greece’s eurozone partners to convince the troika to withdraw its demands on labor reforms. It indicated that if further concessions are made by Sunday its MPs would back the reforms. Meanwhile Greece’s efforts at economic reform dominated a Euro Working Group session in Brussels that started on Thursday and is to resume on Monday. Troika officials made an initial presentation on Thursday of progress in negotiations with the Greek government, and European Commission spokesman Simon O’Connor indicated that there had been “substantial progress” but that “a few outstanding issues remain.” Back in Athens, despite the absence of a final political deal, Samaras reportedly instructed the Cabinet’s secretary Takis Baltakos to start gathering all the documents for legislative reforms compiled by the various ministries to compile a catch-all multi-bill that will include the 13.5-billion-euro austerity package and a raft of structural reforms including the controversial labor reforms being rejected by Democratic Left. The original plan had been to submit the austerity bill and the structural reforms separately. However it now appears that Samaras and Stournaras want to pressure wavering lawmakers into backing the full package and not getting caught up in specific articles. There was also upheaval within the ranks of socialist PASOK, where several MPs have declared their intention to vote against a legal provision aimed at fast-tracking privatizations through Parliament. The Socialist lawmakers want each proposed privatization to be submitted separately in Parliament for approval, but Stournaras countered that this would seriously hamper the process.Despite the political upheaval, Stournaras insisted that austerity measures would be submitted in Parliament next week, and as one bill rather than two. Earlier in the day he was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a serious viral infection and exhaustion. He was discharged at his own request. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more