Despite their gallant attempts against Nami Matsuyama and Chiraru Shida in their round-of-16 match, the Indian women’s duo of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly were eliminated.
Lakshya Sen, the top-seeded men’s doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and HS Prannoy of India advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open badminton here on Thursday.
Sen, 21, who won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, defeated Japanese shuttler Kanta Tsuneyama in the pre-quarterfinal match 21-14, 21-16 to qualify to the next round.
The Indian men’s doubles team of Satwiksairaj and Chirag advanced to the last-eight round with a commanding victory over the Danish team of Lasse Molhede and Jeppe Bay, fresh off their victory in the Korea Open.
Then, in the match between compatriots Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth, the former emerged victorious with a 19-21, 21-9, 21-9 win to advance to the quarters of the Super 750 tournament.
However, the Indian women’s pairing of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly suffered an exit despite their valiant efforts against Nami Matsuyama and Chiraru Shida in their round-of-16 outing. They lost 21-23, 19-21.
Sen’s win over the 27-year-old Japanese shuttler took 50 minutes and, having cruised to win in the opening game, the man from Almora never let slip the advantage and grabbed the match quite comfortably.
Srikanth won the first game, but Prannoy fought back aggressively to win the following two games and advance to the next round of the competition.
It was a simple victory for the team of Satwik and Chirag, who won all of their games in a row. This season, the defending Asian champions took home the Super 1000, Super 500, and Swiss Open trophies at the Korea Open.
The BWF World Tour has six levels: World Tour Finals, four Super 1000, six Super 750, seven Super 500, and eleven Super 300.
The BWF Tour Super 100 level is another tournament category that awards ranking points.