PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen reach semi-finals of India Open

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India’s PV Sindhu and World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen advanced to the semi-finals of the India Open. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad will have to face sixth seed Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the last four to reach the final.

New Delhi. Two-time Olympic medalist India’s PV Sindhu and World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen advanced to the last four with quarter-final victories at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament here on Friday. Top seed former world champion Sindhu defeated compatriot Ashmita Chaliha, 21, 21-7 21-18 in a match that lasted 36 minutes. Third seed Lakshya defeated HS Prannoy 14-21 21-9 21-14 to enter the men’s singles semi-finals. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad will have to face sixth seed Supanida Katethong of Thailand in the last four to reach the final.

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Ketthong made it to the semi-finals after third seed Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the tournament due to ‘high fever’. Lakshya will take on Malaysia’s Ng Tej Yong in the last four matches. Second seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also advanced to the semi-finals with a 21-18, 21-18 win over Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Keen Heen. In the women’s doubles quarterfinals, the pair of Harita Manazhiyil Harinarayan and Aashna Roy defeated Rudrani Jaiswal and Jamaluddin Anees Kausar 21-16, 21-16 to make it to the last four. Lakshya and Prannoy had a close fight in the men’s singles quarterfinals. Prannoy managed to win the first game but youngster Lakshya leveled the match by winning the second game. In the deciding game, Prannoy started well with a 6-1 lead but Sen made a comeback to make the score 11-9. They won the match after the break by scoring nine out of the next 11 points. Sindhu last played against Chaliha in the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championships in 2019. At that time the young player of Assam had given a strong performance. Chaliha took a long time to find his rhythm on Friday. Though she gave a tough fight in the second game, it was not enough to stop Sindhu.

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Sindhu used all her experience to take an 11-5 lead in the opening game. As the match progressed, the gap between the two players widened. Chaliha proved herself better in the second game to level 9-9. Sindhu then took a 15-11 lead, but Chaliha came back again to reduce the score to 15-15. Sindhu then increased her aggression in her game by getting four points and came close to victory. In the second semi-final of women’s singles, Akarshi Kashyap will face second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand. The Indian registered a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod in the quarterfinals on Friday. Busanan defeated American Lauren Lam 21-12, 21-8 in the last eight. Men’s doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Prateek K lost 7-21, 7-21 to third seeds Ong Yu Sin and Teo E Yi of Malaysia in just 19 minutes. In mixed doubles, the Indian pair of eighth seeds Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Devangan lost 10-21, 13-21 to Malaysian pair of Chen Tang Ji and Pek Yen Wei in just 23 minutes. Another Indian pair of Nitin HV and Ashwini Bhatt K went down 15-21, 19-21 to Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han of Singapore.

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