CWG gold medallist, Lakshya Sen, easily advanced to the second round of the Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 competition on Wednesday. Lakshya defeated Malaysia’s Zii Jia Lee in a lopsided straight games match. Sen, ranked 20th in the world, defeats Lee 21-17, 21-13 in the match of 32 minutes.
Kidambi Srikanth also defeated Guang Zu Lu of China 21-13 21-19 in his first round match and will face Lakshya Sen in his next encounter. Another Indian, Priyanshu Rajawat outsmarted Thai player Kunlavut Vitidsarn to advance to the next round.
However, Rajawat’s opponent in the second round will be the winner of the match between local shuttler Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, the second-seeded player, and Dane Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittnghus.
HS Prannoy, another Indian competing in the men’s singles event, will face Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the second round.
Aakarshi Kashyap, a young Indian female shuttler, lost in the first round of the women’s singles and ended her campaign. Kashyap was no match for second seed An Se young of Korea, losing 10-21 4-21.
In the men’s doubles division, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are in the lead at Indonesia Open. The French duo of Christo and Toma Junior Popov withdrew from the tournament owing to Christo’s knee injury, giving the Indian duo a spot in Jakarta’s Round of 16 instead. When they retired, the Indian pair enjoyed a comfortable lead of 21-12, 11-7.
However, in a spirited struggle against Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila are eliminated. The Indian team put up a valiant effort but finally lost by 21-12, 6-21, and 20-22 to Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin.
The Indian women’s doubles team of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand suffered a loss in their first encounter of the competition. They faced defeat by Japan’s Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi by scores of 22-20, 12-21, and 16-21 in a closely contested match. With this defeat, Jolly and Gopichand had now lost four straight BWF World Tour matches in the opening round.