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Masters from Indonesia: Saina Nehwal, and Lakshya Sen Advance to the Second Round, and HS Prannoy Is Expelled

Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round of the men’s and women’s singles events on Wednesday, following impressive starts at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament.

Lakshya, who had a slow start to the new season with early exits from the Malaysia Open and India Open in the last two weeks, performed admirably to defeat Kodai Naraoka, a rising star in Japan, 21-12, 21-11, in his first match.

Saina, who had already reached the second round at the India Open, defeated Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 17-21, 21-15 to advance to the pre-quarterfinals.

Previous world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth blew an 18-15 lead and two game points to lose to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 10-21, 22-24 in 39 minutes. Kidambi Srikanth continued to flatter and deceive. Later in the day, HS Prannoy will be in action.

India’s HS Prannoy lost in the first round. Still, fellow Indians Lakshya Sen and Saina Nehwal made a strong start at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament by beating each other to advance to the second round of the singles competition on Wednesday in Jakarta.

India’s HS Prannoy lost in the first round. Still, fellow Indians Lakshya Sen and Saina Nehwal made a strong start at the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament by beating each other to advance to the second round of the singles competition on Wednesday in Jakarta.

Global No. 12 Sen, who had a slow start to the new season with early exits from Malaysia and India in the last two weeks, performed admirably to defeat Kodai Naraoka, the newest sensation in Japan and ranked 7th, in his first match, 21-12 21-11.

Saina, who won bronze at the London Games and reached the second round of the India Open, defeated Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 17-21, 21-15 to advance to the pre-quarterfinals.

Sen, the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist, will take on Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia next. Former world number one Saina will take on Han Yue, the eighth seed from China.

Global No. 9 Prannoy was eliminated in the first round for the second time in a row, falling to Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 19-21 10-21. He lost in the first round of the India Open last week after reaching the semifinals of the Malaysia Super 1000.

Previous world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth blew an 18-15 lead and two game points in the second game, losing 10-21 22-24 in 39 minutes, continuing to flatter and deceive.

In the first round, Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo defeated Priyanshu Rajawat, defeating him 21-18, 18-21, and 18-21. Rajawat also failed to advance to the main draw.

Malvika Bansod lost 15-21 13-21 to fifth-seeded Thai Ratchanok Intanon in the women’s singles, and Aakarshi Kashyap was eliminated after losing 17-21 15-21 to Spain’s Clara Azurmendi.

Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto, a mixed doubles team, also failed to make it past the first round, falling 16-21, 15-21 to the third-seeded Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue of France.

Rohan Kapoor and N Sikki Reddy also lost to Jafar Hidayatullah and Aisyah Salsabila Putri Pranata of Indonesia, 21-12, 21-23, and 16-21.

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