The Round of 32 at the Korea Open proved to be exciting for Indian badminton fans worldwide, with a total of 13 Indians were in action on Wednesday. The 13 Indian matches included 6 Women's Singles, 5 Men's Singles, and 2 Mixed Doubles.
For the women's singles event, the first player in action was Tasnim Mir. Mir was up against home player Kim Ga-eun. Tasnim was unable to find her rhythm in the first game, but seemed to adjust better in the second. Despite this, she conceded a 11-21, 18-21 defeat. Next up on court was Malvika Bansod, who was battling Chinese Taipei legend Tai Tzu Ying. Bansod lost the match 17-21, 7-21.
Indian star and fan-favorite P.V Sindhu was next in action at the Korea Open. In an unexpected turn of events, Sindhu lost out to unseeded opponent Pai Yu Po 18-21, 21-10 13-21. The next two players from India for the WS category were Aakarshi Kashyap and Ashmita Chaliha. Aakarshi lost out to Chinese opponent Zhang Yi Man 12-21, 17-21, while Ashmita fell short against reigning Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei. The last women's singles player was Tanya Hemanth, who lost out to Saena Kawakami 11-21, 17-21.
Priyanshu Rajawat was the first men's singles player from India in action on the day. Displaying a variety of strokes and unending stamina, he claimed a 21-15, 21-19 win over Korean Choi Ji-hoon. Following Rajawat was Kiran George. George lost out to a better playing opponent Wang Tzu Wei, with a scoreline of 17-21, 9-21. Mithun Manjunath was the third Indian men's singles player to grace the court at the Korea Open. Manjunath was unable to conquer his Malaysian opponent Ng Tze Yong, losing in straight games.
Next up was the much anticipated match between Srikanth Kidambi and Japanese world champion Kento Momoto. While Srikanth clinched the first game 21-12, Momoto was quick to fight back to win the next two sets 22-24 and 17-21. Concluding the men's singles event was H.S. Prannoy, who took an easy 21-13, 21-17 victory over Julien Carraggi.
The only two mixed doubles pairs from India playing at the Korea Open were Sumeeth/Ashwini and Rohan/Sikki. Sumeeth and Ashwini had a long drawn battle against Koreans Cho/Lee. Ultimately, the scoreline read 21-23, 21-13, 12-21 in favor of Cho and Lee. Finishing off India's campaign today were Rohan and Sikki who made quick work of their match to claim a 21-17, 21-17 victory over Morada/Leonardo.
India's Results At The 2023 Korea Open
Thai is what the scoreboard looked like for Indian players at the end of the Round of 32 at the Korea Open.
Tasnim Mir vs Kim Ga-eun
Malvika Bansod vs Tai Tzu Ying
P.V. Sindhu vs Pai Yu Po
18-21, 21-10, 13-21
Aakarshi Kashyap vs Zhang Yi Man
Ashmita Chaliha vs Chen Yu Fei
Tanya Hemanth vs Saena Kawakami
Priyanshu Rajawat vs Choi Ji-hoon
Kiran George vs Wang Tzu Wei
Mithun Manjunath vs Ng Tze Yong
Kidambi Srikanth vs Kento Momoto
21-12, 22-24, 17-21 .
H.S. Prannoy vs Julian Carraggi
Sumeeth/Ashwini vs Cho/Lee
21-23, 21-13, 12-21
Rohan/Sikki vs Morada/Leonardo
While the scoreboard for India didn't look very promising today, there are still 5 Indians left in the game, fighting for a quarterfinals spot. With some exciting matches coming up, the Round of 16 tomorrow should be a treat for every badminton fan.