BWF World Championships 2022: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth in second round

Both badminton worlds medallists from last year won their first-round matches in straight games as did HS Prannoy. Malvika Bansod, B Sai Praneeth lost.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by Badmintonphoto | Courtesy of BWF

Last year’s medallists Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the men’s singles round of 32 at the BWF World Championships 2022 in Tokyo, Japan on Monday.

Lakshya Sen, the reigning Commonwealth Games men’s singles badminton champion and the 2021 worlds bronze-medallist, easily got past Danish veteran HK Vittinghus 21-12, 21-11.

The ninth-seeded Indian badminton player used a lot of snap shots and was proactive during the rallies, often finding cross-court and front court winners.

Lakshya Sen will face Spaniard Luis Penalver in the round of 32.

World championships silver-medallist and former world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth had a tougher challenge on his hands but beat Irishman Nhat Nguyen 22-20, 21-19 in a 51-minute encounter.

The Indian shuttler will take on talented Chinese youngster Zhao Jun Peng in the next round.

India’s HS Prannoy joined his compatriots in the men’s singles round of 32 after beating Luka Wraber of Austria 21-12, 21-11. Home favourite and former two-time world champion Kento Momota will be his next opponent.

However, former worlds bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth was knocked out after going down 15-21, 21-15, 15-21 to fourth-seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.

Youngster Malvika Bansod also bowed out after losing 21-14, 21-12 to Denmark’s Line Christophersen.

Former world champion PV Sindhu is missing the event after suffering an ankle injury.

Indian results on Day 1 of BWF World Championships 2022

Men’s singles

B Sai Praneeth 15-21, 21-15, 15-21 Chou Tien Chen

Lakshya Sen 21-12, 21-11 HKS Vittinghus

HS Prannoy 21-12, 21-11 Luka Wraber

Kidambi Srikanth 22-20, 21-16 Nhat Nguyen

Women’s singles

Malvika Bansod 14-21, 12-21 Line Christophersen

Men’s doubles

Manu Attri/B Sumeeth Reddy 11-21, 21-19, 15-21 Hiroki Okamura/Masayuki Onodera

MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila 21-17, 17-21, 22-20 Supak Jomkoh/Kittinupong Kedren

Women’s doubles

Ashwini Ponnappa/N Sikki Reddy 21-7, 21-9 Aminath Abdul Razzaq/Fathimath Abdul Razzaq

Pooja Dandu/Sanjana Santosh 21-6, 10-21, 21-14 Ines Lucia Castillo Salazar/Paula La Torre Regal

Mixed doubles

Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto 21-12, 21-13 Patrick Scheiel/Franziska Volkmann

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