The fifth day and semi-final stage of India Open 2022 will start on Saturday, January 15 with the selection of PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Satviksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty. All the matches of the tournament are being played at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi. The 11th edition of the BWF Tour Super 500 Series tournament was returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
The tournament has been affected by Covid as the BWF is announcing new positive cases every other day. On Saturday, the BWF announced that one player had tested positive and that his doubles partner had also been withdrawn from the tournament.
Also, Brian Yang complained of sore throat and headache in the morning. He said he was not feeling well and withdrew. Although Yang has tested negative for Covid-19, his departure means Loh Keen Yu is in the final.
The BWF announced on Thursday that seven players had tested positive for Corona. News18.com found that the seven were Indians and Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa were in the seventh. In addition to the seven infected, their doubles partners, who were considered close contacts, were also withdrawn from the tournament and given a walkover.
In the quarter-finals, PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen advanced to the final four. Former world champion Sindhu took 36 minutes to beat 21-year-old Chaliha 21-7, 21-18.
In the other semifinal, Aakrishi Kashyap will take on second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand while the Indians defeated compatriot Malvika Bansod 21-12, 21-15 in the quarterfinals.
Sen defeated HS Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 in another all-India quarterfinal.
The fifth day of India Open starts from Saturday and the sequence of the game is as follows:
Will begin at 1:00 p.m.
XD: TAN Kian Meng-LAI Pei Jing  Wei Chen Tang Ji-Pek Yen Wei 
MS: LOH Keen Yu  Brian Yang vs. Walkover
WD: Haritha Manziel Harinarayan-Ashna Roy vs Benyapa Aimsard-Nantakarna Aimsard 
MS: Target Sen.  Vs ng tz yong
MD: Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan  Vs ONG You Sin-TEO EE Yee 
WS: Attractive Kashyap v. Busanan Ongbamrungpan 
MD: Fabian Delru-William Villager  Vs Satviksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty 
WS: Pusarla V. Indus  Vs. Supanida Ketethong 
Will begin at 2:00 p.m.
XD: HEE Yong Kai Terry-Ten Wei Han vs. Rodian Alimov-Alina Develatova  – Walkover
WD: Anastasia Ekchurina-Olga Morozova  Vs Ekaterina Malkova-Anastasia Shapovalova – Walkover
When and where to watch India Open 2022?
The live telecast of the India Open 2022 tournament has started from the quarter-final stage on Sony TEN 1 SD and Sony TEN 1 HD and will be streamed live on SonyLIV.