PV Sindhu, Momota Kento, Anthony Ginting & An Se Young through to round 2 at 2022 Malaysia Masters

Former world number one Momota Kento is hoping for a big win ahead of the world championships at home. 

By Olympics.com
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Momota Kento was all smiles.

The Japanese badminton superstar eased into round two at the Malaysia Masters by beating his countryman Watanabe Koki 21-18, 21-13 on Wednesday (6 July) to set up an encounter with compatriot Tsuneyama Kanta.

Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting had to work harder to advance. The tournament's sixth seed needed one hour and six minutes to defeat Japan's Nishimoto Kenta 8-21, 21-14, 22-20.

Next up for the Olympic bronze medallist: India's Kashyap Parupalli.

The Malaysia Masters are over for 2022 Asian silver medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, who lost to the unseeded Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 21-16, 18-21, 25-27.

In women's singles 20-year-old shuttling sensation An Se Young of South Korea dispatched American Iris Wang 21-18, 21-13, while Rio 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu saw off China's He Bing Jiao in three games (21-13, 17-21, 21-15)

Tokyo 2020 runner-up Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei moved on after dispatching Korea's Sim Yu Jin 21-11, 21-8.

It was an easy debut for Malaysia Open winner Ratchanok Intanon, who beat fellow Thai shuttler Busanan Ongbamrunghphan 21-12, 21-13, while Yamaguchi Akane of Japan overcame Michelle Li of Canada in two games (21-15, 21-13) and will now face 2022 Asian champion Wang Zhiyi of China.

Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and local favourite Lee Zii Jia withdrew from the tournament at the Axiata Arena, which will conclude on Sunday (10 July).

READ: Lee Zii Jia and Viktor Axelsen out of the 2022 Malaysia Masters

Malaysian Masters 2022: How to watch

The Malaysia Masters 2022 will be aired worldwide, with broadcast partners in all regions.

Those in Malaysia can watch live on Astro's subscription channels.

Be sure to keep an eye on Olympics.com's for full match reports from the Kuala Lumpur.

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