Yonex Swiss Open 2023 Day 2: The second day of the Yonex Swiss Open 2023, a BWF World Tour Super 300 competition in Basel, had a mixed showing from Indian shuttlers. Lakshya Sen lost in the first round. Kidambi Srikanth and the men’s doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the second round.
In a close match, Srikanth, a past World Championships silver winner, defeated China’s Weng Hong Yang. The score read 21-16, 15-21, and 21-18 in a one-hour and ten minutes long battle. His following contest will pit him against Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong, China.
Commonwealth Games winners Satwik and Chirag defeated Malaysian qualifiers Boon Xin Yuan and Wong Tien Ci. They defeated the pair 21-15, 21-18 in straight sets. In the second round, they will go up against Chinese Taipei’s Fang-Chih Lee and Fang-Jen Lee.
Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Lakshya Sen fell to Lee Cheuk Yiu in the opening round, losing 21-18, 21-11. Kim Ga Eun of Korea defeated Malvika Bansod by 14-21, 15-21.
Japanese Sayaka Hobara and Yui Suizu defeated N. Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sara Suni in doubles. The pair suffered defeat by 12-21, 14-21.
Fans will be hoping for better results from the Indian contingent later in the day in the first round. H S Prannoy, P V Sindhu, Kiran George, Aakarshi Kashyap, and the mixed doubles team of Rohan Kapoor and Sikki Reddy will compete now.
Overall, Indian shuttlers had a mixed day at the Swiss Open. Some lost and others moved on to the next round. Lakshya Sen and other players would be frustrated with their early departures. But, Kidambi Srikanth and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty will be expected to keep up their strong play and advance further in the competition. The campaign is still far from over, therefore Indian supporters will be expecting improved performances from their players in the following games.