Indonesia Masters: Priyanshu enters main draw, Praneeth’s struggle continues

Priyanshu Rajawat of India returns a shot against Victor Svendsen of Denmark during the men’s singles match at the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 24, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP

Priyanshu Rajawat advanced to the main draw with two impressive wins but other Indians, including B. Sai Praneeth, in the men’s singles competition failed in the qualifying round of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament here on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old, who reached the finals of the Odisha Open Super 100 tournament in 2022, defeated Denmark’s Victor Svendsen 21-10 13-21 21-13 after ousting France’s Christo Popov 21-17 21-19 in the opening match. .

Priyanshu, who was part of India’s Thomas Cup win, will face Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the opening match of the main draw.

The remaining singles players could not string together two wins and failed to enter the main draw.

Malaysia’s Cheam June Wei beat Praneeth 21-18 21-19. The former Singapore Open champion defeated Indonesia’s Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay 21-18 9-21 21-15 in the first match.

Kiran George and Mithun Manjunath also bowed out after losing to Mark Caljouw of Netherland and Christian Adinata of Indonesia in the opening round of the qualifiers. Kartikey Gulshan Kumar won 21-8, 21-14 against Malaysia’s Yeoh Seng Zoe, but fell to Lin Chun-Yi, 16-21, 17-21, who also missed the mark.

In mixed doubles, Rohan Kapoor and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Po Li-Wei and Chang Ching Hui of Chinese Taipei, 21-15, 21-18 to advance to the main draw.

B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, who played together at the Commonwealth Games, however, fell 20-22 17-21 to Indonesia’s Jafar Hidayatullah and Aisyah Salsabila Putri Pranata.

Sikki and Rohan will face Jafar and Aisyah in the main draw.

Meanwhile, Aakarshi Kashyap was promoted to the main draw, while world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi after reaching the finals of the last two events in Malaysia and India.

The Indian doubles pair of Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Gou Panjala lost to Tan Kian Meng and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia, 17-21 9-21 in the opening round of the main draw.

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