Orleans Masters badminton: India's B Sai Praneeth crashes out

PTI | Updated on: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 08:49 PM IST

B Sai Praneeth | Photo: Twitter
B Sai Praneeth | Photo: Twitter

Top seeded Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth suffered a shocking straight-game defeat to France's Christo Popov and bowed out of the men's singles competition at the Orleans Masters 2022 Super 100 badminton tournament on Thursday.

Praneeth lost his Round-of-16 match 12-21, 11-21 in 35 minutes.

He had advanced to the Last 16 after beating Czech Republic's Jan Louda on Wednesday.

Ira Sharma lost her women's singles match 11-21, 17-21 to Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, but the seventh-seeded Indian duo of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto carved out a win over the Netherlands' Ties Van Der Lecq and Debora Jille 21-18, 22-20.

Earlier, the Indian troika of Kiran George, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam and Mithun Manjunath progressed to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals after contrasting wins in the second round of the tournament.

While George stunned Netherland's third seed Mark Caljouw 19-21, 21-16, 23-21, qualifier Meiraba got rid of eighth seed Toby Penty of England 21-16, 21-16 and Manjunath prevailed over compatriot Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-14, 21-10 in another second-round match.

George, who had won the Odisha Super 100 event in January, will face Indonesian qualifier Christian Adinata, Meiraba will meet Hong Kong's Chan Yin Chak and Manjunath will take on second seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus next.

Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam eked out a 21-23, 21-12, 21-10 win over Danish pairing of Amalie Schulz and Christine Busch to set up a fight against French duo of Flavie Vallet and Emilie Vercelot.

The men's doubles pair of PS Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udayakumar also made it to the pre-quarterfinals with a 19-21, 21-11, 21-12 win over German pairing of Marvin Datko and Patrick Scheiel.

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Published on: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 08:49 PM IST