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Korea Open 2022, Day 1: Lakshya Sen, Malvika Bansod advance; Prannoy exits

Indian shuttlers got off to a scratchy start at the Korea Open 2022 with only Lakshya Sen and Malvika Bansod progressing to the second round on the first day of the BWF Super 500 event, so far.

Lakshya Sen badminton

Lakshya Sen (Source: Badminton Asia)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 5 April 2022 7:42 AM GMT

Indian shuttlers got off to a rocky start at the Korea Open 2022 with Lakshya Sen, fresh from his silver run at the German Open and All England Open, surviving a scare against unseeded local favourite Ji Hoon Choi to progress to the next round.

Made to work hard in a 62-minute battle that went the full length, the sixth-seeded Lakshya Sen had to battle past Choi, 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in an early thriller at the BWF Super 500 event. Sen will go on to meet Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito for a place in the quarters.

In the other men's singles match, HS Prannoy suffered a shock exit in the first round and failed to make it to the pre-quarters, losing in straight games to Malaysia's Cheam June Wei, 21-17, 21-7 in a clash that lasted 41 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the Men's Doubles, the pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala lost to the Indonesian duo of Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Rambitan in a close encounter of 31 minutes, 21-14, 21-19.

On the other hand, the pair of B.Sumeeth Reddy/Navaneeth Bokka also went down fighting to the sixth-seeded Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, 21-14, 21-12 in 33 minutes.

Big win for Malvika Bansod

Meanwhile, the young Malvika Bansod registered a big win over China's Han Yue. The Indian lost the hard-fought first game 20-22 before fighting back to bag the match by winning the next two games 22-20, 21-10 in 56 minutes. Han Yue was crowned the Asian Junior Champion in 2017 and had won the silver in Junior World Championships in the same year.

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