BWF World Championships 2022: Saina Nehwal advances to pre-quarters

The Indian badminton player beat Chuang Ngan Yi in the first round and will next play in the round of 16 as her second round opponent Nozomi Okuhara is injured. 

By Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya
Picture by Badmintonphoto | Courtesy of BWF

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal beat Chuang Ngan Yi of Hong Kong 21-19, 21-9 in the opening round of the ongoing BWF World Championships 2022 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Saina Nehwal outplayed her opponent in straight sets despite a slow start. She held her nerve and backed her service to deceive Yi.

After winning the first game in 20 minutes, World No. 33 Saina Nehwal upped the ante with her cross-court shots while Yi continued to make unforced errors. The Indian Olympic medallist wrapped up the affair in 38 minutes.

Saina's round of 32 clash against world No. 6 Nozomi Okuhara stands cancelled as the Japanese shuttler pulled out of the competition due to an injury. The Indian will get a bye and she will directly compete in the third round.

Saina had missed the last edition of the worlds due to a groin and knee injury and will be looking for a good run at this year’s competition. She has two world championship medals - a silver in the 2015 edition and a bronze in 2017.

Gayatri Gopichand-Treesa Jolly shine in the opening round

Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, the Indian women's pair that won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022, dominated their opening round fixture against Low Yeen Yuan and Valeree Siow. They beat the Malaysians 21-11, 21-13 to advance to the next round.

They will meet CWG champions Pearly Tan-Thinaah Muralitharan of Malaysia in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

Indian results on Day 2 of BWF World Championships 2022

Women's singles

Saina Nehwal 21-19, 21-9 Chuang Ngan Yi

Women's doubles

Gayatri Gopichand-Treesa Jolly 21-11, 21-13 Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow

Ashwini Bhat-Shikha Gautam 21-8, 21-14 J Mair-Martina Corsini

Men’s doubles

F Delrue-W Villeger 21-14, 21-18 Krishna Prasad Garaga- Vishnu Goud Panjala

Mixed doubles

S Jomkoh- S Paewsampran 21-14, 21-17 Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto

G Mairs-J Moore 21-10, 23-21 Juhi Dewangan-Venkat Gaurav Prasad

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