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Sindhu, Sen enter semifinals of India Open


Chaliha saved two match factors earlier than Sindhu closed out the match.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and world championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen registered contrasting wins to advance to the ladies’s and males’s singles semifinals, respectively, on the Yonex-Dawn India Open badminton event right here on Friday.

High seed Sindhu, a former world champion, bought the higher of compatriot Ashmita Chaliha 21-7 21-18 in 36 minutes, whereas Sen rallied his technique to a hard-fought 14-21 21-9 21-14 victory over HS Prannoy in one other all-Indian quarterfinal.

The 26-year-old from Hyderabad arrange a girls’s singles last-four conflict with Thailand’s sixth seed Supanida Katethong, who entered the semifinals after the third seeded Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the event as a result of “excessive fever”.

Sen, seeded third, will sq. off in opposition to Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong within the semifinals.

Within the different girls’s semifinal, Aakarshi Kashyap will face second seeded Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan after the Indian notched up a 21-12 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod on Friday.

Busanan trounced USA’s Lauren Lam 21-12 21-8 in one other last-eight conflict.

Second seeded males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty additionally entered the semifinals with a 21-18 21-18 win over Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean.

Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayan and Ashna Roy additionally made it to the final 4 in girls’s doubles after beating Rudrani Jaiswal and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar 21-16 21-16 within the quarterfinals.

The final time Sindhu was up in opposition to Chaliha, on the 83rd Yonex-Dawn Senior Nationwide Championship in 2019, the teen from Assam had produced a spirited efficiency.

On Friday, Chaliha took time to get into the groove and put up a great battle within the second sport however could not cease Sindhu from strolling away with the match.

Sindhu got here out all weapons blazing within the opening sport, leaping to a 11-5 lead on the interval after which reeled off the final 10 factors to earn the bragging rights.

Chaliha gave a greater account of herself within the second sport as she tied 9-9 earlier than Sindhu managed a slender one-point benefit on the break. Sindhu zoomed to 15-11 however Chaliha once more clawed her method again to 15-15.

Thereafter, Sindhu switched gears and grabbed 4 match factors. Chaliha saved two match factors earlier than Sindhu closed out the tie.

In males’s singles, it was the primary worldwide assembly however third total between Sen and Prannoy because the duo engaged in a battle of supremacy.

On a comeback path, Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals on the final world championships, dominated the proceedings initially to safe a 6-2 lead. He bought his acts collectively in time to show the tables at 12-10 after which zoomed from 15-14 to pocket the opening sport. “The tempo was excessive within the first sport as each of us tried to up the tempo however I made errors at 13-13 and it value me the sport,” Sen mentioned.

Sen, nonetheless, roared again into the competition within the second sport as he ran up an enormous 12-5 lead and did not look again from that time, as Prannoy crumbled.

Within the decider, Prannoy took the early initiative, opening up a 6-1 benefit however could not maintain it as Sen moved to 11-9 on the interval after which pocketed 9 of the following 11 factors to seal the match in his favour.

“I performed a bit extra patiently in second and I had lead all by, and within the third sport he began properly however I gave away straightforward factors at first. However then I began taking part in patiently and performed the rally sport and it was working for me, so I caught to it. I had 3-4 factors lead, so it helped me to shut out the match,” Sen mentioned.

The boys’s doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek Okay. minimize a sorry determine in opposition to Malaysian third seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, dropping 7-21 7-21 in simply 19 minutes.

Within the blended doubles, the Indian pairing of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan, seeded eighth, had been no match for Malaysian mixture of Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei, taking place 10-21 13-21 in simply 23 minutes.

One other Indian pair of Nithin HV and Ashwini Bhat Okay misplaced 15-21 19-21 to Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han to bow out of the USD 400,000 occasion.

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