Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy Enters Second Round, Sameer Verma Retires Hurt

HS Prannoy registered straight-game win over his opponent Danylo Bosniuk in the first round match of men's singles competition. He will next meet compatriot Priyanshu Rajawat.

Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy Enters Second Round, Sameer Verma Retires Hurt
India's HS Prannoy in action against Spain's Pablo Abian in their India Open 2022 first-round encounter. BAI

India's HS Prannoy entered the second round of the men's singles competition at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament after registering a straight-game win over Ukraine's Danylo Bosniuk in Lucknow on Tuesday. (More Badminton News)

On a comeback trail, the fifth seeded Indian took just 36 minutes to get the better of Bosniuk 21-14 21-18 in his opening clash.

A former top-10 player, Prannoy, who gave a good account of himself before being stopped by 20-year-old Lakshya Sen in the quarterfinals of the India Open last week, will next meet compatriot Priyanshu Rajawat, who got a first round walkover from Rahul Yadav Chittaboina. 

However, the tournament was over for fourth seed Sameer Verma after he retired hurt against Ireland's Nhat Nguyen.

Sameer was trailing 2-7 in the first game before he decided to concede the match due to a calf muscle injury, which he had sustained in October last year. 

Subhankar Dey also conceded his match against compatriot Kartikey Gulshan Kumar due to an injury when he was trailing 2-9 in the opening game.

Among women, Ashmita Chaliha gave a first round walkover to Malvika Bansod, while Aakarshi Kashyap defeated Mugdha Agrey 21-13 21-14 and Anupama Upadhyaya eased past Rituparna Das. 

Two-time Olympic medallist and top seed PV Sindhu will open her campaign against compatriot Tanya Hemanth on Wednesday, while London Games  bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, seeded fourth, will test her fitness when she takes on Czech Republic's Tereza Švábíková in the first round.


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