Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap suffered an injury in the qualifiers of the US Open badminton tournament on Tuesday and failed to make the main draw at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The 36-year-old was trailing 21-23 in his first match of the qualifiers against world No. 159 Rohan Midha of Canada. But eventually, Kashyap won the match 21-19, 21-17. However, he had to pull out mid-game against world No. 85 Koo Takahashi of Japan in the second qualifier of the US Open Badminton tournament.
On the other hand, Sankar Muthusamy advanced into the men’s singles main draw after overcoming two qualifying rounds. The 19-year-old registered a 21-17, 21-11 win over world No. 155 Davi Silva of Brazil in the first round. Muthusamy then got better of BR Sankeerth of Canada with a 21-11, 21-17 win to march into the main draw. He will face world No. 32 Nhat Nguyen of Ireland in the main draw on Wednesday.
However, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala crashed out in the round of 32. With this, India’s only challenge in the men’s doubles ended. The Indian badminton players lost to Lin Yu Chieh and Su Li Wei of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-14.
Meanwhile, in women’s doubles, Apeksha Nayak and Ramya Chickmenhalli Venkatesh, world No. 192, withdrew from the US Open badminton tournament before their round of 32 match against Jeslyn Chow and Eliana Zhang of Canada. India’s top badminton players, including two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Lakshya Sen, will take the US Open Badminton court on Wednesday.