Wednesday, 22 May 2024

BWF News: A Thrilling Day of Badminton Action at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open

A day that promised to delight local fans at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open took an unexpected turn as their beloved icon faced an early exit. Saina Nehwal, the top seed, had a commanding lead with three match points in her second round Women’s Singles match against Yui Hashimoto, ranked 46th in the world. However, Hashimoto displayed tremendous determination, winning five consecutive points to claim the victory. Up next for Hashimoto is a match against PV Sindhu (India, 8), who also secured a win earlier in the day.

Nehwal’s match had an intense moment when Hashimoto fired a smash down the line that was called in, causing disagreement and frustration from Nehwal. Despite her best efforts, Nehwal was unable to regain her rhythm after the contentious call, ultimately attributing her defeat to it. Nehwal praised Hashimoto’s tenacity, referring to her as a fierce fighter.

In another surprising turn of events, fourth seed Minatsu Mitani of Japan was defeated by the composed and attacking Aprilla Yuswandari from Indonesia. Yuswandari demonstrated exceptional composure during crucial points, securing a hard-fought victory.

The Men’s Singles category also witnessed a significant upset as Hu Yun (Hong Kong, 4) was defeated by India’s Anand Pawar, who holds the 53rd ranking. Pawar’s recent training at his father’s academy seemed to have a positive impact on his performance. Pawar’s relentless pressure on Hu Yun forced the higher-ranked player out of his comfort zone.

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Pawar expressed his satisfaction with his improved game, mentioning that he was no longer playing as many tournaments and that he had been unfortunate with injuries in the past. This remarkable win against a top-five player showcased Pawar’s growth in the sport.

India continued to impress in the Men’s Singles quarter-finals, with Pawar joining his compatriots Prannoy HS, Gurusaidutt, Ajay Jayaram, and Sai Praneeth in the last eight. The other players to reach the quarter-finals are top seed Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand), and Kenichi Tago (Japan, 6). Lee dominated his match against Kazumasa Sakai from Japan, while Ponsana had a comfortable victory against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, both securing their spots in the next round.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • H.S. Prannoy, a rising star in the Men’s Singles category, fulfilled a dream by playing against Taufik Hidayat and defeating him. Prannoy attributed his success to his strong backhand, which he practiced after watching Hidayat’s technique.

  • The second-seeded Mixed Doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen (Denmark) faced a tough challenge in the second round against recently-crowned Asian champions Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na. The match lived up to expectations, with the Koreans narrowly emerging as the winners.

  • In Men’s Doubles, top seeds Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) faced a formidable test against Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (China). The Danes were pushed to their limits by Ricky Karanda Suwardi/Muhammad Ulinnuha (Indonesia) but ultimately prevailed. Liu/Qiu also dominated their match against India’s Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy.

Overall, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open provided thrilling badminton matches filled with surprises and exceptional performances. The remaining matches promise more excitement and intense competition as the tournament progresses.

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FAQs

Q: Who were the standout players in the Yonex-Sunrise India Open?
A: Several players showcased their talent and determination in the tournament. PV Sindhu, Yui Hashimoto, and Anand Pawar stood out with remarkable performances, capturing the attention of fans and pundits alike.

Q: What was the most memorable match of the day?
A: The match between H.S. Prannoy and Taufik Hidayat in the Men’s Singles category was particularly memorable. Prannoy’s victory against his idol was a dream come true and demonstrated his skill and dedication to the sport.

Q: How did the Indian players perform in the tournament?
A: Indian players made a strong impact in the Yonex-Sunrise India Open, with five players qualifying for the Men’s Singles quarter-finals. Prannoy HS, Gurusaidutt, Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar, and Sai Praneeth showcased their abilities and ensured Indian representation in the later stages of the tournament.

Summary

The Yonex-Sunrise India Open delivered an exhilarating day of badminton action, featuring unexpected outcomes and impressive performances. Saina Nehwal, the top seed, faced defeat after a hard-fought match against Yui Hashimoto. Meanwhile, Anand Pawar stunned the crowd with a remarkable victory over Hu Yun. Indian players showcased their skill and determination, securing multiple positions in the quarter-finals. The tournament continues to captivate fans, promising more exciting matches and intense competition. Don’t miss out on the thrilling badminton action at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.

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