Tokyo: India’s HS Pranai defeated world No. 2 Kento Momota of Japan to advance to the pre-quarterfinals in men’s singles at the Badminton World Championships. Meanwhile Kidambi Srikanth suffered a shock defeat in the 2nd round.
India’s Lakshaya Sen took on Spain’s Luis Penal in the men’s singles 2nd round of the series in Tokyo, Japan. Commonwealth Games champion Lakshaya Sen won in straight sets 21-17, 21-10 in this match which lasted 72 minutes.
After trailing 3-4 in the first set, Laxaya Sen then scored 6 points in a row to take a 13-7 lead. From there, Laxaya Sen won the first set, scoring points steadily. At one point in the 2nd set both were tied at 6 points apiece. But after that, Lakshya Sen, who dominated with a 9-point lead, did not allow Luis Penal to recover at any stage. With this victory, Laxaya Sen advanced to the pre-quarterfinals.
In the pre-quarter round, Lakshya Sen will face compatriot HS Pranai. The 12th-ranked Pranai played Japan’s Kento Momota, the world No. 2, in his 2nd round match. Pranai won in straight sets 21-17, 21-16. This is the first time Pranai has defeated Kento Momota. Prior to this, Pranay had not won a single match against him in 8 matches.
In another match, India’s top seed Kidambi Srikanth lost to world number 32 Zhao Jun Peng of China in straight sets 18-21, 17-21. The game ended in 34 minutes. Srikanth, ranked 12th, lost the first set in 12 minutes. Srikanth was leading 16-14 at one point in the 2nd set. But too many mistakes resulted in the loss of this set as well.
India’s MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in men’s doubles. The pair defeated Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skarb Rasmussen in straight sets 21-17, 21-16 in the second round.
In women’s doubles, India’s Ashwini Ponnappa and Shikki Reddy lost to China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan in straight sets 15-21, 10-21. Trizza Jolly and Phulela Gayatri fell to the Malaysian pair.