BWF World Championship: HS Prannoy defeats Lakshya Sen to reach quarterfinals

BWF World Championship: HS Prannoy defeats Lakshya Sen- India’s HS Prannoy made a spirited comeback to defeat compatriot and CWG champion Lakshya…

BWF World Championship: HS Prannoy defeated Lakshya Sen India’s HS Prannoy Swadeshi and CWG champion Lakshya Sen staged a spirited comeback to enter the singles quarter-finals while the men’s doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun continued their impressive run to reach the last eight at the World Championships on Thursday. Follow BWF World Championship live updates with InsideSport.IN

It was a tough one hour and 15 minute battle between Lakshya and Pranay who eventually defeated her teammate 17-21, 21-16, 21-17. It was the fourth meeting of the year for the two Indians after Prannoy’s win, taking their head-to-head record to 2-2.

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Prannoy will now face China’s Zhao Jun Peng in the quarterfinals.

Apart from Prannoy, two Indian men’s doubles pairs of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also advanced to the quarterfinals.

However, Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal crashed out of the World Championships after losing to Busanan Ongbamrungphan in a hard-fought women’s singles pre-quarterfinal.

The 32-year-old lost 17-21, 21-16, 13-21 to his Thai opponent, who extended his head-to-head record against Indians to 5-3.

Saina was immediately pressured by Wongbamrungphan as she raced to 11-3 in the opening game.

The two-time world championship medalist managed to close the gap at 17-19 but Ongbamrungphan held his nerve to take the first game.

A late surge in the previous game gave Saina confidence as the former world No.1 led 11-7 at the break. Playing aggressively, he continued to dictate terms, forcing the match to a decider.

BWF World Championship: After defeating Kento Momota, HS Prannoy defeats Lakshya Sen to reach World Championship quarterfinals

The third game was played at an even pace until the break, but Wongbamrungphan began to gain momentum and opened up a five-point lead as Saina slowly lost steam.

In the end, the 26-year-old Ongbamrungphan, who has now won her last five matches against Saina, had seven match points as she sealed a quarter-final berth.

The unseeded Indian duo of Arjun and Kapila had to work hard for 58 minutes as they won their Round of 16 clash against Singapore’s Terry Hee and Loh Ken Hen 18-21, 21-15, 21-16.

Both have enjoyed good runs in the tournament. They defeated eighth seeds and last edition’s bronze medalist Kim Astrup and Denmark’s Anders Skarup Rasmussen 21-17, 21-16 in their second-round match.

Satvik and Chirag, on the other hand, defeated the Danish pair of Jeppa Bey and Lasse Molhede 21-12, 21-10 in 35 minutes.

Arjun and Kapila will cross swords with the third-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the last eight, while Satvik and Chirag will take on second-seeded Takuro Haki and Japan’s Yugo Kobayashi in the quarterfinals.

BWF World Championship: After defeating Kento Momota, HS Prannoy defeats Lakshya Sen to reach World Championship quarterfinals

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