Monday, March 27, 2023

All England Championships: Lakshya Sen lost, former world number one pair…


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Indian young badminton player Lakshya Sen crashed out of the All England Championships after losing in the last-16 of the men’s singles. Sen, last year’s runner-up, did not look in his best form and lost in straight games to Andres Antonsen 13-21, 15-21 in 52 minutes.

A defeat in the last-16 will cost Sen a loss of ranking points. Former world No. 6 Sen had also made a first round exit at the German Open. Meanwhile, men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, returning from injury, lost 21-10, 17-21, 19-21 to world No. 10 Liang Wei Kang and Wang Chang of China. With this the Indian pair had to be out of the championship.

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Also returning from injury, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy teamed up with his partner Chirag Shetty but their clash ended with a 21-10, 17-21, 19-21 loss to China’s World No. 10 Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang. Went.

Trisha-Gayathri after defeating former world number one pair in the quarterfinals

Indian players Trisha Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand continued their stellar run at the All England Badminton Championships, advancing to the quarterfinals for the second time in a row. In 2022, the pair of Trisha and Gayatri reached the semi-finals. In women’s doubles, the Indian pair defeated world number one pair of Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in straight games.

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19-year-old Trisha and 20-year-old Gayatri won the match 21-14, 24-11 against the former champion pair in just 50 minutes. This is one of the biggest wins of the Indian pair’s career. Fukushima and Hirata have also been silver medalists of the World Championships. This is Trisha and Gayathri’s third win against a top-10 pairing in less than a month.

Indian pair won on 6th match point

In the second game, the Indian pair took a nine-point lead but the Japanese pair made a comeback. Fukushima and Hirota saved three match points to put the pressure on the Indian pair. Although Trisha and Gayatri were advised by coach Mathias Boe, who was sitting outside the badminton court, to remain calm, the Indian pair won the sixth match point.

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Earlier, Trisha and Gayatri had defeated world number eight pair of Jongkolphan and Ravinda 21-18, 21-14 in the first round. Indian pair likes to play in All England. Last year too, the pair reached the semi-finals where they lost to China’s Zhang and Zhen Yu.

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