The 2022 Korean Open has started really well for the Indian contingent as all the prominent players except HS Prannoy made it to the second round of the Super 500 tournament. Top seeds PV Sindhu, Laksya Sen, and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective games to make it to the Round of 16. While Sindhu defeated USA’s Lauren Lam comprehensively (21-15, 21-14), Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth beat Korea’s Choi Ji Hoon (4-21, 21-16, 21-18) and Malaysia’s Daren Liew (22-20, 21-11) in their Round of 32 games.
Young sensation Malvika Bansod who had beaten Saina Nehwal at India Open also made an impressive start by beating Chinese shuttler Han Yue in Women’s Singles category. The young shuttler claimed the match 20-22, 22-20, 21-10 in 56 minutes. The Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also won their first-round match against Tae Yang Shin and Wang Chan as they beat the Korean pair 21-16, 21-15.
Meanwhile, HS Prannoy had to face a cruising defeat against the Malaysian shuttler Cheam June Wei. Prannoy was beaten 17-21, 7-21 in 41 minutes. The Men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala were defeated by the Indonesian pair of Pramudya Kusumawardana and Yeremia Erich Yoche 14-21, 19-21.
Sindhu to face Aya Ohori, Lakshya Sen set up against Shesar Hiren
With the first round done and dusted, the action will shift to the second round. PV Sindhu will be taking on Aya Ohori in the women’s singles category. Malvika Bansod has to face sixth seed Pornpawee Chochuwang in her second-round match of the Korean Open. Meanwhile, Lakshya Sen will be up against Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. Kidambi Srikanth will take on Israel’s Misha Zilberman.
The mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and B Sumeeth Reddy will face China’s Ou Xuan Yi and Huang Ya Qiong. The Men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun Dhruv Kapila will have to face a tough challenge from second seed Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. In the same category, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take on Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean.