BWF World Championships 2022: Prannoy stuns Momota to meet Sen in pre-quarters; Srikanth exits

Lakshya Sen. Shi Tang/Getty Images

HS Prannoy stunned second seed Kento Momota in straight games to record a sensational win while reigning Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen also sailed into the men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the World Championships in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Unseeded Prannoy rose above expectations to defeat two-time former world champion Momota 21-17 21-16 in a second round tie. Incidentally, it was Prannoy's first win over Momota in eight matches. In their previous clashes, the Indian won only one game against his higher-ranked Japanese opponent.

Earlier in the day, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a straight game win over Spain's Luis Penalver. The young Indian badminton ace Sen won his second round contest 21-17 21-10, taking 72 minutes to complete the victory.

Prannoy and Sen will face each other in an all-Indian last 16 clash on Thursday.

However, last edition's runner-up Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Worlds after a straight game defeat to world number 32 Zhao Jun Peng. Zhao, who had defeated Prannoy earlier in the year, made swift work of Srikanth, defeating him 18-21, 17-21 in a match lasting only 34 minutes.

The eighth seeded men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy thrashed Guatemala's Solis Jonathan and Anibal Marroquin 21-8 21-10 to storm into Round of 16, where the duo will be up against Denmark's Jeppe Bay and Lasse Molhede.

CWG women's doubles bronze medallists, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, saw their campaign come to an end with an 8-21 17-21 loss to tenth seeds Pearly Tan and Muralitharan Thinaah of Malaysia.

Earlier, the Indian men's doubles pair of M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila moved to the pre-quarterfinals but Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy made a second round exit from the prestigious tournament.

Unseeded Arjun and Kapila upstaged eighth seeds and last edition's bronze medallists, Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark, 21-17 21-16 in their second round match. They will face Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean of Singapore next.

Ponnappa and Sikki, on the other hand, were handed a 15-21 10-21 loss by top seeds Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan of China in 42 minutes.

The other women's doubles pairing of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh's also crashed out of the tournament, going down to third seeds Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of Korea 15-21 7-21. Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam also went down fighting 5-21 21-18 13-21 to fourth seeds Soyeong Kim and Heeyong Kong of South Korea.