BWF World Championships HIGHLIGHTS: Saina, Gayatri-Treesa progress to next round; Vishnuvardhan-Krishna, Ishaan-Tanisha duos exit

Catch the live updates of day two action of the BWF World Championships 2022 from the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Updated : Aug 23, 2022 17:11 IST

Saina Nehwal hits a return against Cheung Ngan Yi during a women’s singles match of the BWF World Championships 2022 in Tokyo on August 23, 2022.
Saina Nehwal hits a return against Cheung Ngan Yi during a women’s singles match of the BWF World Championships 2022 in Tokyo on August 23, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

Saina Nehwal hits a return against Cheung Ngan Yi during a women’s singles match of the BWF World Championships 2022 in Tokyo on August 23, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

Welcome to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of day two action of the BWF World Championships 2022 from the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo on Tuesday.


Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Goud lose 14-21, 18-21 to France’s Fabien Delrue and William Villeger

  • 16-17 Rookie error by the Indians as they fail to receive the serve
  • 16- 15 Indians take the lead.
  • 12-15 Vishnuvardhan at the net and Krishna at the back for India as the French hit one to the net.
  • 8-14 The two Frenchmen ensure that Indians make unforced errors by hitting the shuttle to the net
  • 5-7 The French pairing gets the advantage after trailing throughout the second game
  • The second game begins!
  • 14-21 The Indian duo lose first game after they hit one onto the net.
  • 11-15 The French pairing takes the lead after the two teams appear equal during the first few moments of the game.


Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto vs Supak Jomkoh and Supissara PaewsampranIN ACTION!


  • 14-18 Indians trail by four points, they switch their shots by mixing drop and smashes, getting better of their higher ranked opponent
  • 10-14 Crasto hits one onto the net, several unforced errors by her today.
  • 7-12 Crasto gets one onto her body and is unable to defend the Thai pairings attack.
  • 7-11 Trialing by hour points, the Indian pairing will look forward to comeback from their strong second game start.
  • 6-9 The Thai pairing shows heir class they easily clear the Indians attack and defence after faltering in the first few points in the second game.
  • 6-5 Indians take the lead as the Thai pair puts one wide off the sideline.
  • 1-1 One all as the Indians equalize


  • 14-17 Looks like the Indians are capitalizing on the Thai pairs mistake.
  • 11-15 The Indians gain foot in the second-half of the game as they have gained seven make it nine points since the mid game break.
  • 6-14 Supak aims at Crasto with consecutive smashes and she is unable to reciprocate.
  • 3-11 Seems like their coach’s advice during the mid-game interval has paid off as Crasto gets on in an empty space with her quick attack.
  • 2-11 The Thai duo’s attacking smashes seems to be hard on the Indians as they fail behind by nine points.
  • 2-8 Thailand gets another point as Crasto hits on onto the net.
  • 1-4 India trails by three points as the Thailand duo get on their momentum.
  • India’s Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto takes on Thailand’s 14th seeded Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran.
Viktor Axelsen overwhelms Mark Caljouw


  • Axelsen makes it look so easy in the second game. Caljouw has no option but to play at his opponent’s whim. Axelsen advances to the third round with a 21-19, 21-10 win in 41 minutes. He will face Sitthikom Thammasin in the third round.
  • Match point for Axelsen, the top seed.
  • 12 successive points for Axelsen. Caljouw is now no match for the world no. 1. Axelsen is all set to wrap up the match in straight games. 19-9
  • Now Axelsen. He gets five successive points to earn an 11-7 lead. The Dane is looking confident and seems to be in no haste. He is taking time to get points and going slow on the court. Maybe a strategy to save his energy in the gruelling tournament.
  • Caljouw is reading Axelsen’s smashes well and wins five consecutive points to make it 7-6. He is getting points with solid forehands. Entertaining game from both Caljouw and Axelsen.
  • 6-2. Axelsen comes out of his shell and takes three consecutive points to get the lead early into the second game.


  • Caljouw bows down to Axelsen’s fighting spirit. The Dane takes the first game 21-19 coming from behind with four consecutive points.
  • Axelsen cancels out Caljouw’s lead and takes 20-19 advantage with three consecutive points
  • Caljouw’s anticipation works in his favour. Axelsen is trying to play him on the edges of the court, but Caljouw is staying calm and collecting points to make it 18-16.
  • Axelsen is slowly unfolding his game with angled jump smashes but Caljouw is here to prove his mark. The Dutch shuttlers takes a 14-13 lead.
  • Caljouw hits in the net. Axelsen takes an 11-10 lead at the first game interval.
  • Mark Caljouw is making Viktor Axelsen, the reigning Olympic champion, toil hard for points. The world no. Axelsen is going slow to fathom the Dutch shuttler’s strategy.
Top overseas shuttlers in action on Day 2
Akane Yamaguchi vs Gregoria Mariska Tunjung
Viktor Axelsen vs Mark Caljouw
An Se Young vs Thuy Linh Nguyen
Wang Zhiyi vs Line Christophersen
Carolina Marin vs Wen Yu Zhang
He Bingjiao vs Iris Wang
Ashwini Bhat-Shikha Gautam cruises into 2nd round

World no. 53 Ashwini Bhat-Shikha Gautam storms into second round. They take just 30 minutes to beat Corsini-Mair 21-8, 21-14.In the second round, they will face South Korea’s world no. 4 Kim Se Yeong-Kong Hee Yong.

20-14. Match point for Ashwini-Shikha. The Italians are not a match for the Indians

Ashwini-Shikha bags the first game 21-8 against Italian pair Martina Corsini-Judith Mair. In the second game, they race to 16-11 lead.

The women’s doubles combo of Ashwini Bhat-Shikha Gautam is in action now.

Saina Nehwal cruises to 3rd round


  • Since Nozomi Okuhara pulled out of the World Championships due to injury, Saina gets a bye in the second round. She will get a rest for a day before the third round.
  • Saina Nehwal wraps it up with a 21-19 21-9 straight-games win over Cheung Ngan Yi. The second game lasts 18 minutes. Saina looks ferocious in the second game. Her quick foot movement on the court and measured use of smashes, drop shots, and drives are testament to her fitness and form. The Tokyo crowds hail the former world no. 1 for her outstanding show.
  • Quality shots are now coming from Saina. Saina is cruising with a 20-9 lead.
  • Saina is 11-6 up at the second game interval.
  • 10-4 lead for Saina Nehwal after Ngan Yi fails to return her drive. Saina is in good position to wrap up the match in the second game itself.
  • Saina Nehwal takes 6-2 lead in the second game. She is drawing the benefits of Cheung Ngan Yi’s inconsistent shot-making.


  • Saina Nehwal wins the first game 21-19. The game lasts for 20 minutes.
  • Saina reaps the fruit of a faulty Ngan Yi at the close of the first game. Game point for Saina. 20-19
  • Saina, 32, and Ngan Yi, 29 now. The game is drifting slowly and nobody is in control of the proceeding. The score reads 17-17
  • Saina hits the net after Ngan Yi engages her in a long rally. The scores 13-13.
  • Saina looks good. She is moving fast. She is mixing her smashes and net play to good effect. But Ngan Yi takes 11-10 lead at the mid-game interval in first game as Saina plays out wide.
  • Ngan Yi takes 7-4 lead over Saina
  • In the first game, both Saina Nehwal and Cheung Ngan Yi are going toe to toe at 4-4. But setback for the Indian. She loses two challenges. Saina has one challenge remaining now.

Saina Nehwal is in action now at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Sitthikom Thammasin beats Ng Tze Yong
  • Thammasin will face either Viktor Axelsen or Mark Caljouw in the pre-quarterfinals. Axelsen and Caljouw will be in action later in the day.
  • Sitthikom Thammasin through to third round. The Thai shuttler grabs two quick points in the third game to end Ng Tze Yong’s campaign in the BWF World Championships 21-9, 10-21, 21-19.
  • Tze Yong levels the score 19-19 in the third game. He is very much in the game. But it was not his day, Ng Tze Yong loses it 21-19.
  • Thammasin extends his lead 16-13 after the interval, but Tze Yong, who is known for his comeback, is not giving up. He reduces Thammasin’s lead to 17-15. The Malaysian is breathing at the Thai’s neck. Intense game indeed!
  • The decider is being played at an intense pace and longer rallies are dominating the game. Sitthikom leads 14-13 over Tze Yong at interval
  • Ng Tze Yong, after losing the first game 21-9, overcame a setback by winning the second game 21-10. But Sitthikom comes right back at the Malaysian, leading the deciding third game 11-5 at the halfway mark.
  • Sitthikom Thammasin wins the first game with utmost domination over Nz Tze Yong. The result is 21-9. In the second game, Tze Yong makes a brisk start and collects three quick points.
  • In a second-round men’s singles match, Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong, the Commonwealth Games hero, is trailing 13-8 in the first game against world no. 38 Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand. This is their first meeting.
Saina Nehwal at the BWF World Championships
Saina Nehwal faces Cheung Ngan Yi in the first round on Tuesday
The world no. 33 enjoys a 3-1 head-to-head record against the Hong Kong shuttler
This is the second time Saina and Ngan Yi will meet at the Championships after meeting for the first time in 2015
They last played in 2019 in French Open when Saina defeated world no. 50 Ngan Yi 23-21, 21-17
Saina is a two-time BWF World Championships medallist
She won silver medal in 2015 in Jakarta and bronze medal in 2017 in Glasgow

Meanwhile, Chou Tien Chen, the fourth seed, routs Jason Anthony 21-15 21-12 in 36 minutes in a men’s singles match in the second round.

Saina Nehwal is the next Indian in action. She will take the court shortly. Stay tuned for more updates.

Venkat Gaurav Prasad-Juhi Dewangan exit

Venkat and Juhi have made a comeback in the second game to equal the parity at 20-20. They saved five match points, but their effort was not enough to force the match to the third game. Mairs and Moore advance to the second round with a 21-10 23-21 win.

The mixed doubles pairing of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan is currently in action. They are up against Denmark’s Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore.

Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will face Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning duo Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan in the second round. Treesa-Gayatri will have their task cut out against Tinaah and Pearly. The Malaysians defeated the Indians twice in Birmingham earlier this month.

Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand progress

The women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand progress to the second round with a straight-games win over Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow. Treesa and Gayatri are no match for the Malaysian pair. The result is 21-11 21-13.


Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal will be the biggest attraction for India on the second day of the BWF World Championships 2022 in Tokyo.

The Indian women's singles shuttler is a former silver medallist at the marquee event.

Saina got a favourable first-round draw against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong, against whom she enjoys a 3-1 head-to-head record.

Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning doubles pairing of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will face Malaysia's Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow. Apart from the Treesa-Gayatri pair, Ashwini Bhatt-Shikha Gautam will be the other Indian women's doubles pairing competing on Tuesday.

In mixed doubles, the pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar-Tanisha Crasto will look to make it to the third round, while Venkat Gaurav-Juhi Dewangan will play the first round.

Krishna Prasad-Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala will be India's hope in men's doubles on day two of the Championships.

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