BWF Swiss Open 2023: Treesa-Gayatri pair exits in opening round

March 22, 2023

BadmintonAll England Open Badminton Championships


Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand exited the Swiss Open, a BWF World Tour Super 300 event, in Basel on Tuesday after defeat in the opening round.

All England Open semifinalists Treesa and Gayatri went down 14-21, 14-21 to the second-seeded Indonesian duo of Apriyani Rahayu and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti.

Earlier in the day, Malvika Bansod progressed to the women’s singles main draw.

The 21-year-old Bansod beat USA’s Lauren Lam 21-17, 21-7 in 31 minutes in her qualifying-round fixture. In the main draw, the Indian will face Korea’s Kim Ga Eun in the opening round. Bansod’s compatriot Aakarshi Kashyap was also supposed to play in the qualifying round but she got a spot in the main draw after another player’s withdrawal and will face Germany’s Yvonne Li in the first round.

Withdrawal’s on men’s side also allowed Kiran George and Mithun Manjunath to join HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen in the main draw. George will take on Frenchman Christo Popov while Mithun will face a qualifier. Priyanshu Rajawat went down 7-21, 5-21 to Chia Hao Lee of Chinese Taipei in his first-round match while Meiraba Luwang Maisnam lost 13-21, 25-23, 20-22 to Dutchman Joran Kweekel in the final round of qualification stage.

In mixed doubles, Rohan Kapoor and N. Sikki Reddy got past the German duo of Patrick Scheiel and Franziska Volkmann 21-17, 15-21, 21-18 to reach the main draw where they’ll take on Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han Jessica. The other Indian mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and B. Sumeeth Reddy 20-22, 12-21 to Chiu Hsiang Chieh and Lin Xiao Min of Chinese Taipei in their qualifying-round match.

In men’s doubles, Sumeeth Reddy and Kapoor lost 15-21, 20-22 to Malaysian pair Boon Xin Yuan-Wong Tien Ci while in women’s doubles, Ponnappa-Tanisha Crasto went down 19-21, 15-21 to China’s Du Yue and Xia Yu Ting in the qualifying round. However, Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sara Sunil made it to the main draw with a 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 win over Lauren Lam and Paula Lynn Cao Hok of the US.

Men’s doubles pair Krishna Prasad Garaga-Vishnu Goud Panjala lost 16-21, 14-21 to the sixth-seeded Indonesian duo of Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana while M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila went down 21-17, 18-21, 11-21 to Japan’s Akira Koga and Taichi Saito in the first round of main draw. Women’s doubles pair Ashwini Bhat K.-Shikha Gautam too exited in the first round, losing 17-21, 12-21 to Thai pair Supissara Paewsampran-Puttita Supajirakul.

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