Japan Open 2022: Srikanth advances to pre-quarters; Lakshya, Saina make early exit
Former world No. 1 Srikanth outplayed Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia, an All England champion and fifth seed at the BWF Super 750 event, 22-20, 23-21 in a thrilling encounter. "It was a close match and could have gone either way but I am happy with the way I played. It's important to close out games at this high level because every match is going to be tough," Srikanth said after his victory.
BWF World Championships: Axelsen wins men's singles title, Yamaguchi retains women's crown
With his win, Axelsen now simultaneously holds the Olympic, World Championships, BWF World Tour Finals, and the last three Super 1000 titles. He also claimed the world title in Glasgow in 2017. World number one was expected to prevail over Vitidsarn, and he did, but he was required to step up a level in the second game. The 21-year-old Vitidsarn, having been blown away in the opening game, exerted greater control in the second, mixing his shots and keeping Axelsen on edge.
Shuttlers Chirag-Satwiksairaj go down fighting to Malaysian pair; settle for bronze
The Indian badminton men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy was leading by five points going into the first break but the nimble Malaysian duo grew in confidence as the match progressed. The Malaysians' solid defence saw them level the game at 16-all. But Chirag and Satwiksairaj survived the opening game largely because of their compact net play.
World Badminton Championships: Chen Yufei, Carolina Marin labour to three-set wins
The fourth-seeded Chen, who surrendered an 11-7 lead in the second set, defeated Chochuwong, known in China by her Chinese name Li Meimiao, 21-17, 17-21, 21-10 in 75 minutes. Carolina Marin, the Rio Olympic champion and three-time world titlist, also survived a scare to advance to the last eight.
BWF World Championships: Prannoy stuns Kento Momota to set up pre-quarters clash against Lakshya, Srikanth bows out
"I didn't really expect it (the win). It's always been tough to play him in the past as it's the highest level of badminton. I knew I had to be very disciplined against him and it was really important to pace the game really well; to know which points to push and even which points I could lose," said Prannoy after his win over two-time world champion Momota.
BWF World Championships: China's Shi sails into last 16 at badminton worlds
Shi, who returned to action at the tournament after a 10-month suspension, took 46 minutes to down the Dane 21-13, and 21-16 in the second round. The 2018 worlds finalist has slipped to 25th in the world rankings after a long absence, but he proved much stronger than what the ranking place has suggested. He rated his performance "7 out of 10", one point more than his first-round show.
Thailand Para Badminton: Ramadass, Kaur register impressive wins as India return home with 17 medals
Another women shuttler who made a mark at the championships was Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan, who overcame Rachel Choong of England 21-9, 24-22 for the women's SH6 gold. Joshi settled for two more silver with her partners Shanthiya V. and Ruthick Raghupathi respectively, in the women's doubles SL3-SU5 and mixed doubles SL 3 - SU 5 events.