Korea Open 2022: PV Sindhu And Kidambi Srikanth Storm Into Quarter-Finals
The Korea Open 2022 began on April 5 at Suncheon in South Korea. Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the quarterfinals at the Korea Open Super 500 badminton tournament on Thursday. However, Lakshya Sen was ousted after losing his second-round match.
Sindhu, a two-time Olympics medallist, trounced USA’s Lauren Lam 21-15 21-14. Then, she defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori. Sindhu kept things under control to reign supreme. The Japanese did try to make a comeback in the second round with an 8-4 lead, however, Sindhu defeated her.
Sindhu will next face a familiar foe in Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, whom she had defeated in the final of the Swiss Open last month. Sindhu claimed the Swiss Open title recently.
Reportedly, World Championships silver medallist Srikanth, seeded fifth, defeated Israel’s Misha Zilberman for a place in the quarterfinals. Commonwealth Games silver medallists and world no seven pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean 21-15 21-19 in 36 minutes. They also made a place in the quarterfinals.
Reportedly, shuttler Malvika Bansod failed to secure a place in the quarterfinals as she was brushed aside by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 8-21 14-21 in the second-round match of women’s singles. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also could not secure a place in the quarterfinals.
The BWF Super 500 event features top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy, the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty. The event will end on 10 April.
Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap, HS Prannoy, and Kiran George were selected for the men’s single. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Malvika Bansod, and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli were selected for the women’s singles. Ashwini Ponnappa-B and Sumeeth Reddy were selected for mixed doubles.