Denmark Open 2022 | Lakshya Sen defeats HS Prannoy to advance to quarter-finals

On Thursday at the Jyske Bank Arena in Odense, Denmark, India’s Lakshya Sen and the team of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy advanced to the quarter-finals of the Danish Open 2022. Sen beat his compatriot Indian HS Prannoy, currently ranked first on the BWF. World Tour, 21-9, 21-18.

From the start, the 2022 Commonwealth Games winner was in excellent form, placing the shuttlecocks with precision as Prannoy battled with his returns. The opener was then prematurely interrupted by Lakshya Sen, who then unleashed his cross smashes.

In the second game, HS Prannoy was more aggressive and engaged Lakshya Sen one-on-one with the help of a solid defense. At the midpoint of the match, the 30-year-old was leading 11-10. Before Lakshya Sen took a decisive 19-17 lead and finished the match with another cross-over winner in a gripping contest, the pair traded points in extended rallies.

In the quarterfinals, Lakshya Sen will now face Lu Guang Zu of China or Kodai Naraoka of Japan. Kidambi Srikanth, a former world number one, was knocked out in the round of 16 after falling to former world champion Singaporean Loh Kean Yew 21-13, 21-15. Srikanth dominated the opening exchanges, but Loh fought back through the rallies to win the opener.

In the second game, the Singaporean quickly took a 17-8 lead before Kidambi scored seven straight points. However, Loh Kean Yew easily took the win and the Indian couldn’t turn the tables. Indonesians Muhammad Fikri and Bagas Maulana, the All England winners, were easily beaten by seventh seeds Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in the men’s doubles, winning 21-14, 21-16.

The pair will now face the fourth seed Malaysians Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, the current world champions. After losing to the Malaysians in the semi-finals of this year’s BWF World Championships, Chirag and Satwik received their first medal, a bronze. At Denmark Open 2022, two more Indian couples lost in the Round of 16.

Olympic and world championship medalists Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan defeated Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto 21-16, 21-10 in the next round. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, who won bronze in the 2022 CWG women’s doubles competition, lost to sixth-seeded Thai players Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajonjai by scores of 23-21, 21-13.

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