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Lakshya Sen Sails into Semifinals; PV Sindhu and Srikanth Also Qualify But Struggled

Young Lakshya Sen recorded one other comfy win however double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth needed to work exhausting to enter the badminton semifinals of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.

World quantity 10 Sen beat Mauritius’ Julien Georges Paul 21-12 21-11 after Sindhu and Srikanth struggled previous Malaysia’s Goh Wei Jin and England’s Toby Penty in ladies’s and males’s singles quarterfinals to remain heading in the right direction for a person CWG medal.

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A former world champion, Sindhu, who had received a bronze and silver within the final two editions, registered a come-from-behind 19-21 21-14 21-18 win over Goh, ranked sixtieth, to enter her third successive semifinals on the CWG. World championships silver medallist Srikanth, too, was removed from convincing throughout his 21-19 21-17 win over the left-handed Penty, ranked 54th on this planet.

The 20-year-old Sen will subsequent face Jia Heng Teh, whereas Srikanth will look to precise revenge on Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong, who had defeated him within the blended staff last. Sindhu, alternatively, must get previous Singapore’s world quantity 18 Jia Min Yeo to inch nearer to a maiden gold. The Indian had overwhelmed her on the 2019 French Open.

In ladies’s singles, younger Aakarshi Kashyap’s CWG debut ended with a 10-21 7-21 defeat to Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, a silver and bronze medallist in 2014 and 2018 editions respectively. Sindhu seemed barely shaky towards Goh, whom she had defeated in two tight video games within the blended staff championship last.

Goh’s attacking prowess was as soon as once more on show as she made the Indian work exhausting within the opening sport. The 27-year-old from Hyderabad had a two-point cushion within the mid-game interval however Goh managed to show the tables together with her higher show within the second half of the primary sport to take a 1-0 lead within the match.

A vastly skilled Sindhu, nonetheless, obtained again her bearing quickly because the duo engaged in some excellent rallies with the Indian managing to seize a three-point benefit on the break. Sindhu, ranked world quantity 7, prolonged her result in 19-14 and quickly roared again within the contest.

The decider noticed some enthralling rallies with the duo shifting neck-and-neck until 6-6. Sindhu managed to eke out a 8-6 lead however Goh quickly reeled off three factors to show the tables. The Indian disposed off a brief return from Goh to earn a slender one-point lead on the interval.

While Goh performed some distinctive pictures, together with a physique smash, Sindhu focussed on making her opponent transfer throughout the courtroom and used her repertoire of strokes to realize that. Sindhu tried to get into good positions to open up a number of choices for her strokeplay. Soon she was main 15-11 with Goh wanting annoyed, flat on the ground.

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The Indian stored a agency grip on the rallies as Goh seemed drained together with her returns. In the top, Sindhu grabbed three match factors and transformed in her second try, a lot to the enjoyment of the Indian followers on the NEC Hall right here. Egged on by the house crowd and coached by former CWG medallist Rajiv Ouseph, Penty matched Srikanth in all departments and held a four-point lead on the interval within the second sport after narrowly lacking the opener.

Srikanth was error-prone, particularly within the first half of the match however then rode on his explosive energy in his smashes to make it 17-13 within the second. He peppered his rival with a collection of attacking pictures, together with a physique smash. A few attacking returns on Srikanth’s forehand helped Penty keep alive earlier than the Indian gained three match factors and unleashed one other follow-up return on his rival’s physique to seal the competition.

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