BWF World Championships: Prannoy beats Lakshya, Saina loses, doubles pairs advance

Lakshya Sen (L), HS Prannoy (R) ESPN

HS Prannoy beat Lakshya Sen 17-21, 21-16, 21-17 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships 2022. He will face Zhao Jun Peng, who beat world no. 5 Lee Zii Jia 11-21, 21-13, 21-18.

Earlier, Saina Nehwal lost to Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women's singles pre-quarterfinals, 17-21 21-16 13-21. Busanan extended her head-to-head record against the Indian to 5-3. This ends Indian interest in the women's singles and women's singles events.

The two Indian men's doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, meanwhile, moved into the quarterfinals.

In a tight match, Saina was immediately put under pressure by Busanan as she raced to 11-3 in the opening game. Saina was able to bridge the gap to 17-19 but Busanan held her nerve to take the first game.

This saw Saina's confidence surge and she started the second game well, and led 11-7 at the break. Playing aggressively, she continued to dictate terms, forcing the match into decider.

The third game was played on an even keel until the interval, but Busanan started to gain momentum and opened up a five point lead as Saina slowly started losing steam.

Busanan upped the ante in the third game, though, and was leading by 7 match points, as she sealed her quarterfinal berth.

Earlier in the day, the unseeded Indian duo of Arjun and Kapil had to dig deep for 58 minutes as they came from behind to win the round of 16 clash against Terry Hee and Loh Kean Hean of Singapore 18-21 21-15 21-16.

The two have enjoyed a good run in the tournament - before this, they had 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.

Satwik and Chirag, on the other hand, breezed past the Danish pair of Jeppa Bay and Lasse Molhede 21-12 21-10 in 35 minutes.

Arjun and Kapila will face the third seed Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the last eight stage while Satwik and Chirag will take on second seeds Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi of Japan in the quarterfinals.