India’s Priyanshu Rajawat advanced to the second round of the Korea Open 2023 Super 500 badminton tournament. He defeated local player Choi Ji Hoon in straight games in the men’s singles event on Wednesday. Orleans Masters winner Rajawat, world No. 32, beat Choi 21-15, 21-19 in 42 minutes. Priyanshu will next face top seed Kodai Naraoka of Japan in the round of 16 bout.
While another failure came for PV Sindhu as her journey in the Korea Open 2023 ended with a first-round defeat to Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei. Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-10, 13-21 to the Taiwanese player in 58 minutes. This was also Sindhu’s sixth exit in round one of a tournament in a total of 13 played this year. Moreover, Sindhu dropped to World No. 17, the lowest ranking since January 2013.
At the same time, Kiran George could not cross the first-round hurdle. He lost to Wang Tzu wei of Chinese Taipei 17-21 9-21. While B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost to the Korean pair of Song hyun Cho and Lee Jung Hyun in the first round of mixed doubles 21-23, 21-13, 12-21.
Meanwhile, record-breaking men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren in straight games to enter the second round of the Korea Open 2023 on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Kidambi Srikanth is currently in action against Kento Momota. The Indian has won the first game comfortably. While Mithun Manjunath, Tasnim Mir, Aakarshi Kashyap, and Malvika Bansod lost their respective first-round matches of the Korea Open 2023.
The BWF World Tour is divided into six levels. This includes the World Tour Finals, four Super 1000, six Super 750, seven Super 500, and 11 Super 300 level tournaments. One other category of the tournament, the BWF Tour Super 100 level, also offers ranking points.