Top seed PV Sindhu, a former world champion, took 36 minutes to get the better of 21-year-old Chaliha 21-7 21-18 and set up a last-four clash with Thailand's Supanida Katethong, seeded sixth.
Former champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal suffered a 17-21 9-21 straight-game loss to her 20-year-old compatriot Malvika Bansod. Malvika, ranked 111th, took 34 minutes to see off the former world number 1.
Ranked 111, Malvika Bansod beat Saina Nehwal 21-17, 21-9 while top seed PV Sindhu thrashed fellow Indian Ira Sharma 21-10, 21-10 in the India Open 2022. HS Prannoy got a walkover after his opponent tested COVID positive.
Reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew was stretched to three games while home favourite Kidambi Srikanth registered a convincing win in their respective men's singles first round matches of the India Open badmtinon 2022.
The India Open badminton returns in 2022 after being cancelled twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country. B Sai Praneeth and doubles player Dhruv Rawat have pulled out after testing positive.
The news comes after the entire England team pulled out of India Open 2022 two days back following the COVID positive results of their doubles specialist Sean Vendy and coach Nathan Robertson.
India Open 2022 will start with the main draw from January 11 and no spectators will be allowed at the venue, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will kickstart the 2022 international season.
After an eventful 2021 that included Tokyo Olympics, India's top sportspersons face a challenging 2022. Their dreams and aspirations remain as high as ever.
Top seed Kidambi Srikanth, who regained his place in world's top-10 is likely to get a chance to avenge his loss against World champion Loh Kean Yew as they are drawn to clash in the semifinals.
If Rio Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu led from the front with a bronze medal at Tokyo Games and a silver at the season-ending World Tour Final, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen dished out a year-end special.
Kidambi Srikanth has been named the top seed in the men's singles events followed by B Sai Praneeth. PV Sindhu has been given the top billing in the women's singles category which also features London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal.
PV Sindhu was named alongside five others who will serve as members till 2025. Other members are Iris Wang (USA), Robin Tabeling (NED), Greysia Polii (INA), Kim Soyeong (KOR) and Zheng Si Wei (CHN).
Kidambi Srikanth, a former world number one, lost to Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in straight games (15-21, 20-22 ) in the men's singles final of BWF World Championships 2021.
After sporting events in 2020 were hampered by coronavirus, 2021 saw major events like the Tokyo Olympics being staged. Indian athletes, especially the Paralympians, shone in Tokyo 2020 but cricket was not to be left behind.
India won a record seven medals at Tokyo 2020. The returns could have been much better if the shooters and archers performed true to their potential. Here are the 10 highlights from India's Tokyo Olympics campaign in 2021.
India are assured of at least a silver as Srikanth and Sen will face each other in the first semifinal on Saturday. But it was disappointment for defending champion PV Sindhu, who lost to familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying.
World No.7 PV Sindhu fails to defend her women’s singles BWF World Championships title losing to Tai Tzu Ying in straight games in the quarterfinal in Huelva, Spain.
Defending champion PV Sindhu bowed out of the BWF World Championships 2021 losing in straight games against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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