Japan Open 2022: HS Prannoy overcomes Loh Kean Yew challenge, reaches quarterfinal

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Prannoy
secured
a
hard-fought
straight
games
22-20,
21-19
win
against
the
eighth-seeded
Yew
in
the
round
of
16
match
that
lasted
for
44
minutes
on
court
1.

The
30-year-old
Indian,
who
has
done
well
this
year,
was
at
his
very
best
once
again,
defeating
Yew
in
two
straight
games
that
were
very
closely
contested
to
seal
his
spot
in
the
final
eight
stage
of
the
tournament.

Prannoy
will
next
face
Chinese
Taipei’s
Chou
Tien-Chen
in
the
quarterfinal,
which
is
scheduled
to
take
place
on
Friday
(September
2).

Japan
Open
2022:
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Prannoy’s
compatriot
and
former
world
number
one
Kidambi
Srikanth
will
also
be
looking
to
seal
a
quarterfinal
spot
later
on
Thursday
(September
1).

Srikanth,
who
ousted
Malaysian
fifth
seed
Lee
Zii
Jia
in
the
first
round,
will
face
Japan’s
Kenta
Tsuneyama
in
the
second
round
match.

Earlier
on
Wednesday
(August
31),
Commonwealth
Games
2022
gold
medallist
Lakshya
Sen
crashed
out
in
the
first
round
after
defeat
to
Japan’s
Kenta
Nishimoto
in
a
thrilling
contest
by
21-18,
14-21,
13-21.

Also,
Saina
Nehwal,
who
was
the
only
women’s
singles
representing
India,
lost
to
the
current
world
champion
Akane
Yamaguchi
in
the
first
round.
Yamaguchi
playing
in
front
of
her
home
crowd
was
ruthless,
knocking
Nehwal
out
via
straight
games
21-9,
21-17.

Meanwhile,
the
men’s
doubles
pair
of
MR
Arjun
and
Dhruv
Kapila
also
were
knocked
out
of
the
competition
after
losing
to
South
Korea’s
Choi
Sol-Gyu
and
Kim
Won
Ho
by
21-19,
21-23,
15-21
in
their
first-round
match.

Women’s
doubles
team
of
Treesa
Jolly
and
Gayatri
Gopichand
also
faced
an
early
exit
from
the
tournament,
losing
to
the
Thailand
duo
of
Jongkolphan
Kititharakul
and
Rawinda
Prajongjai
by
17-21,
18-21
in
their
first-round
match.

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