Prannoy, a former top-10 player who made a strong showing before losing in the quarterfinals of the India Open to Lakshya Sen last week.
After a straight-game triumph over Ukraine’s Danylo Bosniuk on Tuesday, India’s HS Prannoy advanced to the second round of the Syed Modi International badminton tournament’s men’s singles competition. In his first match, the fifth seeded India beat Bosniuk 21-14, 21-18 in in 36 minutes, completing a comeback. Prannoy, a former top-10 player who made a strong showing before losing in the quarterfinals of the India Open to 20-year-old Lakshya Sen last week, will face compatriot Priyanshu Rajawat, who received a first-round walkover from Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.
However, fourth seed Sameer Verma’s tournament was ended as he retired hurt against Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen. Sameer was down 2-7 in the first game before deciding to withdraw owing to a calf muscle ailment he sustained in October of last year. Subhankar Dey also had to forfeit his match against compatriot Kartikey Gulshan Kumar due to injury in the first game, behind 2-9.
Ashmita Chaliha gave Malvika Bansod a first-round walkover, while Aakarshi Kashyap beat Mugdha Agrey 21-13, 21-14, and Anupama Upadhyaya breezed through Rituparna Das. PV Sindhu, the two-time Olympic medalist and top seed, will begin her campaign against compatriot Tanya Hemanth on Wednesday, while Saina Nehwal, the fourth seed, will put her fitness to the test against Czech Republic’s Tereza vábková in the opening round.
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Sindhu will look to recover from her unexpected semifinal loss at the India Open and end her title drought at the Syed Modi International, which begins in Lucknow on Tuesday. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad was well on course to win her first title since the 2019 World Championship triumph last week before left-hander Supanida Katethong of Thailand shattered her hopes with a three-game win at the India Open.
Sindhu, who had finished runner-up at Swiss Open and World Tour Finals last year, will hope to turn things around this week when she begins her campaign against compatriot Tanya Hemanth. The Indian will be itching to settle scores against Supanida, whom she is