Carolina Marin became the second high-profile badminton player to pull out of the BWF World Championships 2021 after Japanese Kento Momota. Marin had also missed the Tokyo Olympics earlier in the year.
Kento Momota had retired hurt during the French Open semifinals against compatriot Kanta Tsuneyama. He also pulled out from last week's BWF World Tour Finals 2021 in Bali, Indonesia.
PV Sindhu, seeded third, beat Thailand’s Supanida Katethong 21-15, 21-19 in a 43-minute women's singles match. Sindhu will face Spain’s Clara Azurmendi next.
Momota lost to unseeded South Korean Heo Kwang-hee 15-21, 19-21
Kento Momota fractured his eye socket in the crash then suffered through a bout of double vision in his return to training that had him fearing his career might be over
India Open is one of the last few badminton qualification events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
The two-time singles world champion was scheduled to compete in two Thailand Open series events
Momota was looking forward to make his international comeback in Bangkok, a year after sustaining a career-threatening injury
The world number one Kento Momota admitted his "spirit was almost broken" after the accident in January -- hours after he won the Malaysia Masters -- which killed the driver of the vehicle taking him to Kuala Lumpur airport
Kento Momota -- hurt in a Malaysian car crash earlier this year -- was diagnosed with an orbital floor fracture after he said he suffered double vision during practice, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported
Kento Momota had been in Kuala Lumpur to take part in the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament
Parupalli Kashyap beat Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen 24-22, 21-8 to reach the semi-finals at the Korea Open badminton tournament on Friday.
PV Sindhu faces Nozomi Okuhara in the BWF Badminton World Championships final at around 4:30 PM IST on August 25, in Basel. Meanwhile, Kento Momoto and Anders Antonsen face each other in the men's final, which will take place after the women's final.
B Sai Praneeth's attacking game couldn't dent the defence of an in-form Kento Momota as the Indian went down to the Japanese World No. 1 13-21, 8-21 in a semifinal at the Badminton World Championships in Basel on Saturday.
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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