Of the four male singles entries only Sameer Verma missed out on the next round.
It was a good day for Indian badminton fans as three of the four participants entered in the Men Singles draw of Malaysian Masters 2022 won their matches to make it to the second round i.e. pre-quarterfinals.
The day started with Olympian Sai Praneeth getting better of the Start of Tokyo Olympics Kevin Gordon from Guatemala. Kevin had surprised one and all with his performance at the Tokyo games when he made it all the way to the Semi-Finals and fell short of a historic Badminton medal for the country by a whisker.
Sai Praneeth who has not been in the best of the forms this year but is showing signs of recovery played a flawless game to defeat Kevin 21-8,21-9.
Next up was Sameer Verma, who had a huge task in front of him as he was up against the WR4 Chou Tien Chen from Tpe against him. He raised a lot of hopes when Sameer won the first game 21-10 but CTC came back roaring in the second game and ensured he closed the match before an onslaught from Sameer. Eventually Sameer who showed a lot of promise lost 21-10, 12-21, 14-21.
Kashyap winning battle of veterans
Parupalli Kashyap who made all the right news after winning a match last week to not get eliminated from Round one, as was the case for so many months was determined to prove that it was not a one time.
He came to the court with purpose and in the battle of veterans he defeated Indonesian Sugiarto 16-21, 21-16, 21-16.
Prannoy back in Top20
H S Prannoy who is back in top20 last week faced little problems in the first game which he closed 21-19 and then went on to defeat Leverdez 21-14 in the second game. Prannoy who has been in tremendous form since Thomas cup has made it back to the WR top 20 in the rankings.
Sai Praneeth defeat Kevin Cordon : 21-8,21-9; Parupalli Kashyap defeat Tommy Sugiarto : 16-21,21-16,21-16; Sameer Verma lost Chou Tien Chen : 21-10, 12-21, 14-21 ; H S Prannoy defeat Brice Leverdez : 21-19,21-14