TAIPEI: India's mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto advanced to the second round of the Taipei Open 2022 badminton championship after beating the Israeli pair of Misha Zilberman and Svetlana Zilberman here, on Tuesday. The Indian duo, 47th in the badminton world rankings, registered a formidable 21-15, 21-8 win over the world No. 95 Israeli pair of Misha Zilberman and Svetlana Zilberman.
In the men's singles, Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian fought hard but lost to Liao Jhuo Fu of Chinese Taipei 17-21, 23-21, 17-21 in a match that lasted one hour and two minutes. In the women's singles, Keyura Mopati lost to Indonesia's Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi 13-21, 14-21 in 33 minutes.
London 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, seeded fourth in the women's singles, withdrew from the tournament at the eleventh hour. Two-time Olympic medallist P.V Sindhu has also decided to skip the event.
Meanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap, seeded third in the men's singles, will play his first-round match on Wednesday. IANS