New Delhi:National champion Arvind Bhat fought hard but eventually ran out of steam, losing a gruelling quarterfinal against Choong Hann Wong to crash out of the Macau Open Grand Prix gold badminton tournament in China on Friday.
Arvind, seeded 10th, came from behind to pocket the second game but run out of steam in the end to go down 19-21, 21-18, 6-21 to fourth seed Malaysian Choong in a 52-minute battle.
Choong grabbed 29 smash points and 17 net winners compared to Arvind's 16 and eight respectively.
The Malaysian opened a six point lead at 6-0 and even though Arvind came back to lead at 7-6, Choong held his nerve in crucial moments and marched ahead with four straight points to eventually seal the game.
The Indian bounced back in the second game and after being 18-18, raced away with three crucial points to make it 1-1.
In the decider, however, Arvind run out of steam against the world number 13 Malaysian.