Indonesia Masters 2024 Badminton Day 3 Report

The Indonesia Masters 2024 badminton event started with lots of games and a mix of outcomes for the Indian team. Two players from India, Lakshya Sen and Kiran George, made it to round two. But HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth were knocked out in the opening round. Beating Weng Hong Yang from China in two sets, Lakshya Sen, ranked 19th in the world, emerged triumphant in his game.

The final result was 24-22, 21-15. He has his sights set on competing in the Paris Olympics. Sen had previously lost to Weng at the Malaysia Open earlier in the month, so this victory was extra special. His next game is against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen. Kiran George, an up-and-coming talent in badminton, narrowly defeated France’s Toma Junior Popov in a thrilling match, with scores of 18-21, 21-16, 21-19.

His global ranking is 23rd and he has secured two Super 100 titles in both 2022 and 2023. After winning two Tuesday matches, George entered the main tournament. He’s now up against China’s Lu Guang Zu in round two. Yet, not all went well.

HS Prannoy, the 8th-ranked player, and a recent semifinalist at the India Open, lost to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, a past world champ, in a three-set game, 18-21, 21-19, 10-21. Prannoy, who took home bronze at last year’s Asian Games and World Championships, had also been dropped out in the Malaysia Open’s first round.

Other athlete’s performance on day 3 in Indonesia Masters 2024

Loh Kean Yew won his Wednesday match in an intense three-setter, advancing to the top 16. Loh seemed in charge of the first game and although Prannoy rallied, Loh won it 21-18. The second game was tight, but Prannoy edged out with 21-19 to even the match. In the final game, Loh surged ahead to take control and win 21-10.

Kidambi Srikanth stood against Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia and started strong with a one-game lead before losing the next two games, 19-21, 14-21, 11-21. Former world number 1 Srikanth is racing the clock to make it to Paris and had also been defeated early at the Malaysia Open. Lee Zii Jia also made it to the top 16 after a fierce fight against Srikanth.

He narrowly lost the first game but dominated the second and eventually won the match with a final score of 21-11. His next opponent is Ng Ka Long Angus from Hong Kong China. The Indonesia Masters is one of the last three Olympic qualifying events in Asia. The competition is tough, with players from China, Japan, and Indonesia who’ve been leading the game recently.

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