Lakshya Sen, ranked 17 in the world, will face world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in India Open badminton summit clash on Sunday in a repeat of the Dutch Open final last year.
Rodion Alimov’s mixed doubles partner Alina Davletova also had to withdraw from India Open 2022 as she is the close contact. The Russian pair was slated to play in semis on Saturday.
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.
The players who tested positive will not be replaced and their opponents will get a walkover in the ongoing India Open 2022. Earlier, B Sai Praneeth had pulled out of the tournament after testing positive.
Saina Nehwal will face compatriot Malvika Bansod in the women singles second round of the ongoing India Open 2022. Lakshya Sen faces Felix Bureatedt of Sweden next.
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.
Like PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth is not averse to having a personal coach as he seeks to make a mark in 2022 after his recent grand show at the world championships in Spain.
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.
England's decision to pull out was made public by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Sunday. The organisers, however, said that COVID-19 tests of all players conducted this morning at the team hotel came out negative.
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.
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.
India have reported 2,73,810 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day surge taking the country's COVID-19 caseload past the 1.5 crore mark
India Open is one of the last few badminton qualification events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
The Olympic Qualifying period for Tokyo will restart next year and the first qualifying tournament will be the Swiss Open
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