HS Prannoy moves to pre-quarters in Osaka

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Last update: August 30, 2022, 6:17 p.m. HST

Ace Indian commuter HS Prannoy advanced to the knockout stages of the men’s singles at the Japan Open 2022 badminton tournament on Tuesday.

Prannoy, the world number 18, was leading 11-10 in the opener against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus when the latter withdrew from the encounter with an apparent injury.

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The withdrawal of Ng Ka Long Angus means Prannoy will get much-needed rest for his next round encounter which will be against 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore.

The Indian, who reached the quarter-finals at the world championships last week after beating Kento Momota and Lakshya Sen along the way, will be craving his chances against Loh Kean Yew.

In women’s doubles, Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam were eliminated after losing 15-21, 9-21 to South Koreans Baek Ha Na and Lee Yu Lim.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen will kick off his Japan Open 2022 campaign against Kenta Nishimoto on Wednesday. The likes of Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal also start their campaigns on Wednesday, as do pairings of MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila and Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand.

However, two-time Olympic medalist and former world champion PV Sindhu is still recovering from a stress fracture in her ankle suffered during the Commonwealth Games and will miss the tournament.

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