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Parupalli Kashyap reaches final of Canada Open 2019

Parupalli Kashyap reaches final of Canada Open 2019
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Published: 7 July 2019 5:35 AM GMT
Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap keeps the Indian hopes high as he reaches the final of the Canada Open 2019, which is taking place in Calgary. On Saturday, the sixth-seeded Kashyap scripted a brilliant comeback as he defeated Chinese Taipei's fourth-seeded Wang Tzu Wei 14-21 21-17 21-18 in the semi-finals of the of this Super 100 tournament. Despite trailing in the first game, an experienced Kashyap showed great nerves to comeback points and sealed his place in the final. He showed dominance in the second game and did not concede the lead and forced a decider. In the third game, it looked all over for the Indian as he trailed 5-11. He continued for a string of seven of the next eight points allowed him to draw parity and he kept his nerves to wrap up the game and match eventually. Owing to a string of injuries, Kashyap was robbed off chances to play uninterruptedly on the BWF World Tour. It is a sheer delight to see the kind of fighting spirit the 32-year-old is showing in every match. Already in the tournament, Kashyap came back from the jaws of death to clinch a narrow win.
Kashyap will face China's Li Shifeng in the final on Sunday. The unseeded Chinese defeated Japan’s Koki Watanabe 20-22, 21-10, 21-11 in the other semi-final.
The last time Kashyap had reached the finals of an event was at the Austrian International challenger last year, where he won the gold medal.
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