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    Indian Open Badminton: Sindhu, Lakshya in semis

    PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen registered contrasting wins to advance to the women’s and men’s singles semifinals, respectively, at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton on Friday.

    Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and world championship bronze medallist Lakshya Sen registered contrasting wins to advance to the women’s and men’s singles semifinals, respectively, at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton tournament here on Friday.

    Top seed Sindhu, a former world champion, got the better of compatriot Ashmita Chaliha 21-7 21-18 in 36 minutes, while Sen rallied his way to a hard-fought 14-21 21-9 21-14 victory over H S Prannoy in another all-Indian quarterfinal.

    The 26-year-old from Hyderabad set up a women’s singles last-four clash with Thailand’s sixth seed Supanida Katethong, who entered the semifinals after the third seeded Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the tournament due to “high fever”.
    Sen, seeded third, will square off against Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in the semifinals.

    In the other women’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 another last-eight clash. Second seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also 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 also made it to the last four in women’s doubles after beating Rudrani Jaiswal and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar 21-16 21-16 in the quarterfinals. The last time Sindhu was up against Chaliha, at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship in 2019, the youngster from Assam had produced a spirited performance.

    On Friday, Chaliha took time to get into the groove and put up a good fight in the second game but couldn’t stop Sindhu from walking away with the match.

    Sindhu came out all guns blazing in the opening game, jumping to a 11-5 lead at the interval and then reeled off the last 10 points to earn the bragging rights. Chaliha gave a better account of herself in the second game as she tied 9-9 before Sindhu managed a slender one-point advantage at the break.

    Sindhu zoomed to 15-11 but Chaliha again clawed her way back to 15-15. Thereafter, Sindhu switched gears and grabbed four match points. Chaliha saved two match points before Sindhu closed out the tie. In men’s singles, it was the first international meeting but third overall between Sen and Prannoy as the duo engaged in a battle of supremacy.

    On a comeback trail, Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals at the last world championships, dominated the proceedings initially to secure a 6-2 lead. He got his acts together in time to turn the tables at 12-10 and then zoomed from 15-14 to pocket the opening game. “The pace was high in the first game as both of us tried to up the pace but I made errors at 13-13 and it cost me the game,” Sen said.

    Sen, however, roared back into the contest in the second game as he ran up a huge 12-5 lead and didn’t look back from that point, as Prannoy crumbled. In the decider, Prannoy took the early initiative, opening up a 6-1 advantage but couldn’t sustain it as Sen moved to 11-9 at the interval and then pocketed nine of the next 11 points to seal the match in his favour.
    “I played a bit more patiently in second and I had lead all through, and in the third game he started well but I gave away easy points in the beginning. But then I started playing patiently and played the rally game and it was working for me, so I stuck to it. I had 3-4 points lead, so it helped me to close out the match,” Sen said.

    The men’s doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K cut a sorry figure against Malaysian third seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, losing 7-21 7-21 in just 19 minutes. In the mixed doubles, the Indian pairing of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan, seeded eighth, were no match for Malaysian combination of Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei, going down 10-21 13-21 in just 23 minutes. Another Indian pair of Nithin HV and Ashwini Bhat K lost 15-21 19-21 to Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han to bow out of the USD 400,000 event.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • PV Sindhu, Sen enter semifinals of India Open
    • Lakshya Sen defeated HS Prannoy in 60 minutes
    • Sindhu defeated Ashmita Chaliha in straight sets

    The results:

    Quarterfinals: (Indians unless stated):


    Men: Brian Yang (Can) bt Kim Bruun (Den) 21-19, 21-18; Loh Kean Yew (Sgp) bt Sergey Sirant (Rus) 21-18, 21-16; Lakshya Sen bt H. S. Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14; Ng Tze Yong (Mas) bt Nhat Nguyen (Irl) 9-21, 21-18, 21-16;

    (Doubles): Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Torjus Flaatten and Vegard Rikheim (Nor) 21-12, 21-14; Ong Yew Sin & Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Ishan Bhatnagar and K. Sai Pratheek 21-7, 21-7; Fabien Delrue &
    William Villeger (Fra) bt Joshua Magee &Paul Renolds (Irl) 21-9, 23-21; Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty bt Hee Yong Kai Terry & Loh Kean Hean (Sgp) 21-18, 21-18.

    Women: P. V. Sindhu bt Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18; Supanida Katethong (Tha) received a walkover from Yeo Jia Min (Sgp); Aakarshi Kashyap bt Malvika Bansod 21-12, 21-15; Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) bt Lauren Lam (Mas) 21-12, 21-8; (Doubles): Haritha Harinarayanan & Ashna Roy bt Rudrani Jaiswal & Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar 21-16, 21-16; Benyapa Aimsaard & Nuntakarn Aimsaard (Tha) bt Deeksha Choudhary & Yashica Jakhar 21-8, 21-3; Anastasiia Akchurina & Olga Morozova (Rus) bt Vivian Hoo & Lim Chiew Sien (Mas) 21-19, 11-21, 21-16; Ekaterina Malkova & Anastasiia Shapovalova (Rus) bt Ashwini Bhat & Shikha Gautam 21-18, 21-14.

    Mixed doubles: Tan Kian Meng & Lai Pei Jing (Mas) bt Konstantin Abramov & Anastasiia Akchurina (Rus) 21-10, 21-14; Chen Tang Jie & Peck Yen Wei (Mas) bt Venkat Gaurav Prasad & Juhi Dewangan 21-10, 21-13; Hee Yong Kai Terry & Tan Wei Han (Sgp) bt H. V. Nithin & Ashwini Bhat 21-15, 21-19; Rodion Alimov & Alina Davletova (Rus) bt Chan Peng Soon & Valeree Siow (Mas) 21-14, 21-13.

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