Japan Open Badminton Live – Saina vs Yamaguchi Live: Saina Nehwal loses Game 1,: Game 2 underway: Kidambi delivers against Srikanth…
Japan Open Badminton Live – Saina vs Yamaguchi Live: Saina Nehwal loses Game 1,: Game 2 in progress: Kidambi Srikanth reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Japan Open with a 22-20 and 23-21 win over Li Zijia in straight sets. However, it was a setback for Lakshya Sen, who lost to Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in a tough 3-set 21-18, 14-21, 13-21. Saina Nehwal needs to bounce back against world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi in the second game: Follow Japan Open 2022 Live Updates
Saina Nehwal will play against world number one Akane Yamaguchi. Srikanth faces fifth seed Li Zijia. The matches are being streamed live on the Voot Select app.
In doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost to Choi Soe-gyu and Kim Won-ho of South Korea. Trisa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will face Thailand’s seventh-seeded pair of Jongkalphon Kithitharku and Ravinda Prajanjai.
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Indians in the first round on Wednesday
Target Sen Kenta lost to Nishimoto – 21-18, 14-21, 13-21
Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Ji Jia – ongoing
Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi – 10 am
Arjuna/Kapila Lost to Choi / Kim – 21-19, 21-23, 15-21
>Garga/Panjala vs Popov/Popov – 1.10 PM
Jolly/Gopichand vs Kithitharkul/Prajanjai – 9.10 am
Prasad/Devangan Lost to Zheng/Huang – 11-21, 10-21
Lakshya Sen vs Kenta Nishimoto
After a third-round defeat at the Badminton World Championships, Lakshya Sen returned to action at the Japan Open when he faced Kenta Nishimoto in the first round. Lakshya Sen had a great year where he won the Indian Open title and finished as runner-up at the All England Championship and the German Open. Most recently he won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games but at the World Championships, he could not overcome compatriot HS Pranay in the third round.
Meanwhile, Nishimoto is ranked 21st in the world and enters the tournament after a third-round loss at the BWF World Championships. He started the year with a quarter-final appearance at the German Open but has since failed to get past the second round at any tournament prior to the World Championships. The upcoming contest will be the second meeting between the two players. Lakshya Sen leads the head-to-head record and enters the upcoming contest as favourite.
Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Ji Jia
In the first round, Abashai Kidambi is a big challenge for Srikanth as he will be up against fifth seed Li Zijia. Srikanth has not had a great year as he is yet to reach the finals of any tournament. His best performances so far this year have been semi-final finishes at the Swiss Open and the Korea Open. He also reached the quarterfinals of the German Open and was undefeated at the Thomas Cup this year. He is eyeing his first title this year.
Li Ji Jia is ranked fourth in the world and has had a good season so far, winning the Asian Championship title and the Thailand Open. He also reached the semi-finals of the All England Championship and the Indonesia Open. He entered the Japan Open after losing in the third round at the World Championships.
Both players have faced each other twice in the past and on both occasions Li Ji Jia emerged victorious. They last met during the World Tour Finals in 2021 and the Malaysians won the competition in straight games.
Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi
Saina Nehwal is the only Indian in the women’s singles and has a big task ahead of her as she faces World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi who recently won the World Championship title this year. Nehwal’s best performance this year was a quarter-final appearance at the Singapore Open. He entered the Japan Open after losing in the third round at the World Championships.
Meanwhile Yamaguchi has been in great form this year winning the All England Championship and the World Championship. He also became the runner-up in the Asia Championship. He is a favorite to win the title at the Japan Open and enters the upcoming tournament as a favourite. Yamaguchi has been dominant against Saina Nehwal as she leads the head-to-head record against India at 10-2.
Japan Open Badminton Live: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal to open first-round action at Japan Open – Follow Live Updates