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Lakshya Sen sails to the semi-finals; PV Sindhu and Srikanth also qualify but struggle MIGMG News


Young Lakshya Sen scored another comfortable win, but Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth had to work hard to get into the badminton semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.

World number 10 Sen beat Mauritius’ Julian George Paul 21-12 21-11 after Sindhu and Srikanth battled past Goh Wei Jin of Malaysia and Toby Bennett of England in the women’s and men’s singles quarterfinals to stay on course for a singles medal in the CWG group.

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Former world champion Sindhu, who has won a bronze and a silver in the last two editions, posted a 19-21 21-14 21-18 forward win over Goh, seeded 60, to enter her third consecutive semi-final in the CWG. World Championship silver medalist Srikanth was also far from convincing during his 21-19 21-17 win over left-handed Benti, the 54th ranked in the world.

The 20-year-old will next face Gia Hing Teh, while Srikanth will look for revenge against Malaysian Ng Tze Young, who defeated him in the mixed tag team final. On the other hand, Sindhu will have to overtake Singapore’s 18th-ranked Jia Min Yew to get close to first gold. The Indian beat her at the French Open 2019.

In the women’s singles, CWG’s young Aakarshi Kashyap debut ended with a 10-21 7-21 defeat to Scotland’s Christy Gilmore, the silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 and 2018 editions, respectively. Sindhu looked a little shaky against Goh, who was defeated in two tight matches in the Mixed Tag Team Championship final.

Goh’s offensive prowess once again appeared as it made the Indian work hard in the opening match. The 27-year-old from Hyderabad had a two-point lead midway through the first half, but Goh turned the tables thanks to her better display in the second half of the first game to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

However, the vastly experienced Sindhu soon made a comeback when the duo engaged in some impressive rallies with the Indian managing to snatch a three-point advantage at the break. Sindhu, ranked 7 in the world, cemented her lead to 19-14 and quickly got her back in the competition.

The designer saw some captivating gatherings as the duo moved the neck and neck up to 6-6. Sindhu managed to take an 8-6 lead but Goh quickly faltered with three points to turn the tables. The Indian eliminated a short return from Goh to take a poor one-point lead in the first half.

While Goh played some exceptional shots, including body smashing, Sindhu focused on making her opponent move across the court and used her repertoire of strikes to achieve this. Sindhu tried to access good sites to unlock multiple options for playing her own strikes. Soon she was advancing 15-11 and his face looks frustrated and flat on the ground.

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India maintained a tight grip on the gatherings as Goh looked tired from her return. In the end, Sindhu got three match points and turned on her second attempt, much to the delight of Indian fans in the NEC Hall here. Encouraged by the fans on his home grounds and coached by former CWG medalist Rajiv Osuf, Benti Srikanth faced off in all divisions and took a four-point lead in the second half after narrowly missing the opening goal.

Srikanth was foul-prone, especially in the first half of the match but he used his explosive power in his shots to make it 17-13 in the second. He threw at his opponent a series of offensive shots, including smashing the body. Two offensive comebacks on a forehand helped Srikanth Benti survive before the Indian gained three match points and unleashed another comeback on his opponent’s body to close out the competition.

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