HyloOpen 2022 | Satwik and Chirag qualify for the quarter-finals, Malvika Bansod in the next round as well

At the Hylo Open 2022 BWF Super 300 competition in Saarbrücken, Germany on Wednesday, Chinese Taipei’s Yang Lee and Chen Lu were beaten by their Indian partners Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The duo overcame a deficit in the opening game to defeat the Taipei team 19-21, 21-19 and 21-16.

Yang Lee, who won the men’s doubles gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, teamed up with Chen Lu rather than his usual partner Chi-Lin Wang. The Chinese Taipei team managed to score seven points in a row after a tight opening game to put Satwik-Chirag on the defensive. The Indian team attempted a comeback, but Yang Lee and Chen Lu managed to hold on and win the first game.

In the equally contested second game, the two couples quickly exchanged points. However, Satwik and Chirag kept their composure in the final seconds to make a decision. The Indian badminton team came back in the deciding match to advance to the round of 16, where they will face Rory Easton and Zach Russ of England.

Meanwhile, Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand extended his winning streak against Saina Nehwal six matches in women’s singles. Busanan, the third seed, prevailed 21-15, 21-8.

Saina Nehwal, who won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, was competitive in the opener but Busanan scored four straight points to win. The Thai continued to build in the second game and knocked out the opposition in 34 minutes. Saina Nehwal suffered her fourth straight first-round loss.

Kidambi Srikanth, a former world number one, beat China’s Lu Guang Zu, who is currently ranked 21st, in the men’s singles match to win the day. 2022 CWG bronze medalist Kidambi won with scores of 15-21, 21-14 and 21-13 to secure his place in the round of 16.

The Chinese player took the lead in the game with a points rush at the end of the opening game. But Kidambi came back in the second to turn the game into a three game contest. In game three, Lu Guang Zu had an early lead, but Kidambi showed his skill and overcame his rival. Arnaud Merkle, ranked 43rd in the world, will be Kidambi Srikanth’s opponent on Thursday.

HS Prannoy withdrew from their men’s singles match against Shesar Hiren Rhustavito earlier today. In their previous two encounters, Rhustavito had lost to Prannoy, the current No. 12 badminton player in the world.

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