The fifth day and the semi-final stage of India Open 2022 gets underway on Saturday, January 15 with the likes of PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty in action. All the matches of the tournament are being held 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 marked a return after a two-year break due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament has been hit by Covid as BWF have been announcing new positive cases every other day. On Saturday, BWF announced that one player tested positive and his doubles partner was also withdrawn from the tournament.
Also, Brian Yang complained of sore throat and bit of a headache in the morning. He said he was not feeling well and hence he has withdrawn. Yang though has tested negative for Covid-19 but his withdrawal means Loh Kean Yew is through to the final.
BWF had announced on Thursday that seven players tested positive for coronavirus. News18.com learnt that all seven were Indians and Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa were among the seven. Apart from the seven infected, their doubles partners, who were deemed as close contacts, were also withdrawn from the tournament and walkovers were awarded.
The quarter-finals stage saw PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen advance to the final four. Sindhu, a former world champion, took 36 minutes to get the better of 21-year-old Chaliha 21-7, 21-18.
In the other semi-final, Aakarshi Kashyap will face second seeded Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan after the Indian notched up a 21-12 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod in the quarter-finals.
Sen rallied his way to a hard-fought 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 victory over HS Prannoy in another all-Indian quarter-final.
The fifth day of the India Open begins on Saturday and here is the order of play:
Starting at 1.00pm
XD: TAN Kian Meng-LAI Pei Jing  vs CHEN Tang Jie-PECK Yen Wei 
MS: LOH Kean Yew  vs Brian YANG – Walkover
WD: Haritha MANAZHIYIL HARINARAYANAN-Ashna ROY vs Benyapa AIMSAARD-Nuntakarn AIMSAARD 
MS: Lakshya SEN  vs NG Tze Yong
MD: Mohammad AHSAN-Hendra SETIAWAN  vs ONG Yew Sin-TEO Ee Yi 
WS: Aakarshi KASHYAP vs Busanan ONGBAMRUNGPHAN 
MD: Fabien DELRUE-William VILLEGER  vs Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY-Chirag SHETTY 
WS: PUSARLA V. Sindhu  vs Supanida KATETHONG 
Starting at 2.00pm
XD: HEE Yong Kai Terry-TAN Wei Han vs Rodion ALIMOV-Alina DAVLETOVA  – Walkover
WD: Anastasiia AKCHURINA-Olga MOROZOVA  vs Ekaterina MALKOVA-Anastasiia SHAPOVALOVA – Walkover
When and where to watch India Open 2022?
The live telecast of the India Open 2022 tournament has started from the quarter-finals stage onwards on Sony TEN 1 SD and Sony TEN 1 HD and the live streaming will be on SonyLIV.