Former World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth‘s poor form continued as he exited in the second round Vietnam Open 2022 After losing to compatriot Ritwik Sanjeevi Satish Kumar in the men’s singles on Wednesday.
Playing at the badminton courts of the Nguyen Du Cultural Sports Club in Ho Chi Minh City, India’s B Sai Praneeth, ranked 40th in the badminton world, went down to world No. 225 Ritwik Sanjeevi Satish Kumar 21-17, 18-21, 13-. 21 in one hour and three minutes.
B Sai Praneeth was on the back foot in the first game trailing 8-4 after the early exchanges. Satish Kumar maintained a four-point cushion, but at 16-12, B Sai Praneeth won nine of the next ten points to take a 1-0 lead.
In the second match, Satish Kumar was leading 13-8. Although former world No. 10 B Sai Praneeth gradually closed the gap, Kumar remained calm and leveled the match at 1-1.
Tied at 8-8 in the third game, Satish Kumar scored the next six points. She then won the match easily and will face China’s Chia Hao in the preliminaries on Thursday.
B Sai Praneeth, who has competed in 10 BWF events this year, is yet to reach the quarter-finals in the 2022 season.
Sai Praneeth became only the second Indian men’s shuttler to win a bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2019. He was ranked 20th in the world by the BWF last month, but has since dropped 20 places.
Commonwealth Games mixed team gold medalist N Sikki Reddy advanced to the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the BWF Super 100 badminton tournament.
Playing alongside Rohan Kapoor, Reddy cruised to a 21-10, 19-21, 21-18 win against Hong Kong Chinese Fan Ka Yang-Shing Choi Yeng in 50 minutes on Thursday.
Earlier at the Vietnam Open, junior world No. 2 Anupama Upadhyaya and India’s Thomas Cup-winning team member Priyanshu Rajawat crashed out as they lost their second-round matches on Wednesday.
Vietnam Open 2022 badminton. Other India results on day 3
Gadde Rutwika Shivani lost to Thi Trang Vu of Vietnam 15-21, 21-18, 21-17.
Preana Neeluri lost to Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-3, 21-7
Ira Sharma lost to Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei 21-18, 21-10.
Rituparna Das lost to Vietnam’s Thi Phung Tu Tran 21-15, 21-16.
Mauryan Kathiravan-Kuhan Balashri lost to Indonesian representative Muhammad Reza Pahlevi Isfahani-Melati Daeva Octavianti with a score of 21-17, 21-8.
Navanet Bocca-Priya Konjengbam lost to Zakaria Yosiahno Sumanti-Hediana Julimarbela of Indonesia with a score of 21-14, 21-11.
Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian lost to Taiwan’s Chia Hao Li 21-17, 21-9.
Meiraba Luwang Maisnam lost to Taiwan’s Chi Yu Jen 21-8 22-20.
Kiran Kumar Mekala lost 21-15, 21-10 to Chem Jun Wei of Malaysia.
Harshit Aggarwal lost to Japan’s Kodai Naraoka 21-15, 21-6.
Deethya Jagadish G-Sujith P Krishnapriya lost to Indonesia’s Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma-Amalia Kahaya Prativi 21-8, 21-5.