The Indian badminton team is left with only two survivors in the singles disciplines.
It was a mixed bag of results for India in Round 2 of the Malaysia Master Super 500. Aces P.V. Sindhu and H.S. Prannoy continued their consistent run by reaching yet another quarter-final.
However, the men’s singles draw saw the exit of veterans Parupalli Kashyap and B. Sai Praneeth. This means that both Sindhu and Prannoy will be the lone Indian representatives in their respective disciplines.
Let’s have a look at all the important results from the second round of the Malaysia Masters 2022.
Sindhu bags an easy win, to face arch-rival Tai Tzu-ying
Two-time Olympic medalist P.V. Sindhu made her way to yet another quarter-final of the BWF calendar year. The former World Champion defeated Zhang Yi Man of China in straight games 21-12, 21-10. Sindhu will now face nemesis Tai Tzu-ying for the second time in a row in the quarter-final. The Indian shuttler hasn’t been able to find ways to beat the Olympic silver medalist since a long time as Tai has been her toughest opponent.
Tai Tzu Ying has an outstanding record of 16 wins to five losses against Sindhu. The former World champion will have to find ways to beat the ‘trickster’ in her upcoming encounter.
Later in the day, first seed Japanese Akane Yamaguchi and Korean youngster An Se Young were also through to the quarter-final. Olympics champion Chen Yufei of China too booked a quarter-final berth.
Pronnay advances, Kenta Tsuneyama stuns Kento Momota
The recently announced World No. 19 H.S Prannoy stormed into the quarter-final by beating Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 21-19, 21-16. He will play Kenta Tsuneyama of Japan in the quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, World No.2 Kento Momota was handed an upset by his compatriot Kenta Tsuneyama. The two-time former World champion, who is struggling to find his old form back, lost in two straight games 21-15, 21-16.
However, there was no consistency shown by other Indian players. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap lost in a one-sided battle against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 21-10, 21-15. Also, his fellow countryman Sai Praneeth lost to Li Shi Feng 21-14, 21-17.
Olympic champions Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping cruised into quarter-finals
Olympic champions Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping won their second-round match against Hoo Pang Ron and Toh Ee Wei of Malaysia in a symmetrical scoreline 21-16, 21-16
Their compatriot pair, Zheng Siwei and Huang Ya Qiong also secured a quarter-final berth against Cheah Yee See and Chan Peng Soon of Malaysia 21-11, 21-13.