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Swiss Open: Lakshya Sen knocked out, dreadful run continues

Lakshay Sen's dreaded run continues as he was knocked out from the Swiss Open first-round by Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong.

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Lakshya Sen in action at the BWF World Championships 2022 (Source: Badminton Photo)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 23 March 2023 7:36 AM GMT

Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen continued his dreaded run as he suffered a first-round exit against Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong in straight games at the Swiss Open which is a BWF World Tour Super 300 event on Wednesday.

The eighth-seeded Sen proved to be no match against Cheuk Yiu Lee losing 18-21, 11-21 to bow out of the men's singles competition.

While Lakshya lost, Srikanth endured a tough fight before emerging victorious against China's Weng Hong Yang 21-16, 15-21, 21-18 and set up a second-round clash against Sen's conqueror Hong Kong's Cheuk Yiu Lee.

PV Sindhu started her title defense with a win beating Jenjira Stadelmann of Switzerland 21-9, 21-16 in a lop-sided opening round of women's singles.

Sindhu will take on 20-year-old Indonesian Putri Kusuma Wardani, who was part of the gold medal-winning team of the 2022 Asia Team Championships, in the next round.

While HS Prannoy beat All England Championships finalist Shi Yu Qi of China to storm into the men's singles pre-quarterfinals.

World number 9 Prannoy continued his good run as he recovered from a second-game slump to notch up a 21-17, 19-21, 21-17 win over Shi Yu Qi, who is a 2018 world championships silver medallist, in the men's singles opening round.

Prannoy will next face France's Christo Popov.

Mithun Manjunath also registered a straight-game 21-8, 21-17 win over Joran Kweekel of the Netherlands to sail into the men's singles pre-quarterfinals.

He will next face qualifier Chia Hao Lee of Chinese Taipei, who stunned seventh-seeded Chinese shuttler Jun Peng Zhao 21-12 21-13 in another first-round match.

The women's doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sara Sunil also crashed out in the opening round, losing 12-21 14-21 against Japan's Sayaka Hobara and Yui Suizu.

The returning men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty meant business as the second-seeded India pair defeated the Malaysian combination of Xin Yuan Boon and Tien Ci Wong 21-15 21-18 to book their place in the pre-quarterfinals.

(With PTI Inputs)

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