Sindhu, Lakshya and Chirag- Satwiksairaj pair progressed to SF of India Open

PV Sindhu defeated upcoming Indian badminton player Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 to enter the women’s singles semi-finals of the India Open 2022 at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi.

PV Sindhu, the 2017 India Open champion, will next take on the sixth seed from Thailand Supanida Katethong for a place in the final.

Katethong received a walkover after Yeo Jia Min of Singapore, seeded third, pulled out of the India Open due to high fever.

In other women’s singles quarter-finals, youngster Aakarshi Kashyap made light work of Malvika Bansod, who defeated Saina Nehwal in the round of 16. She won the match 21-12, 21-15 in 45 minutes and will face second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan from Thailand in the semi-finals.

In the men’s singles, world championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen came from a game down to defeat HS Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 in a seesaw battle that lasted 60 minutes. Lakshya Sen will take on Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia in the semi-final on Saturday.

In the men’s doubles, Olympian pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beat Singapore’s fancied pair of Terry Hee Yong Kai and Loh Kean Hean 21-18, 21-18 in 39 minutes.

However, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K lost their quarter-final match to Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 21-7, 21-7 in just 19 minutes.

The Indian mixed pair of Nithin HV and Ashwini Bhat lost to Singapore’s Terry Hee Yong Kai and Tan Wei Han 21-15, 21-19 in 30 minutes.

The match was followed by another loss for India in mixed doubles with veteran Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan losing to third seeds from Malaysia Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei 21-10, 21-13 in 23 minutes.

In the women’s doubles quarter-finals, Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan and Ashna Roy defeated Rudrani Jaiswal and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar 21-16, 21-16 in 30 minutes in an all Indian affair.

Deeksha Chaudhary and Yashica Jakhar, meanwhile, went down to fourth seeds from Thailand Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard 21-8, 21-3 in just 20 minutes.

The other women’s pair Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam lost to Russia’s Ekaterina Malkova and Anastasiia Shapovalova 21-18, 21-14 in 34 minutes.

World champion Loh Kean Yew, meanwhile, defeated Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-16, 21-13 in 33 minutes to enter the men’s singles semi-finals. He will face Brian Yang of Canada on Saturday.

Picture Courtesy: BAI Media

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