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India Open 2022: PV Sindhu faces shocking loss in semifinals; Lakshya Sen qualifies for finals

With both Aakarshi and Sindhu losing in the semifinals, India will have no representation in the Women's Singles category in the finals.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 15 January 2022 8:40 pm

It was a bad day in the office for India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu as she had to face a shocking defeat in the semifinals of the ongoing India Open 2022. On the other hand, it was too good a performance from India’s top seeds Lakshya Sen and the Men’s Doubles duo of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty. While Lakshya Sen got the best out of his Malaysian opponent Ng Tze Yong, the Satwik-Chirag duo easily cruised over their French counterparts, Fabien Delrue and William Villeger. Meanwhile, Aakarshi Kashhyap found it too tough against second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan as she lost 24-26, 9-21.

Laksha Sen while playing against Malayasia’s NG Tze Yong, lost the first game 19-21. However, the Indian shuttler made a stellar comeback in the second game and took it 21-16 to level the match 1-1. Sen continued his momentum in the third and deciding game as he beat Yong 21-12. With this thrilling win, the 20-year-old has set up himself against the reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew in the finals.

Sen, who will be up against Yew for the first time in his career, said that he is looking forward to the summit clash. “I think both of us are playing well, it will be a good match tomorrow. I am looking forward to playing against him in the final,” he said.

PV Sindhu bows out with a heartbreaking loss

India’s ace shuttler Sindhu could not continue her dominance in the semifinals against sixth seed Supanida Katethong. The Indian shuttler was outclassed by her Thai opponent as she lost the game 14-21, 21-13, 10-21. Supanida Katethong reigned supreme in the first game and did not give Sindhu any chance. The Thai opponent won the first game 21-14, and she was just one game away from storming into the finals.

Sindhu then staged a comeback in the second game, winning it 21-13, and as a result, the match progressed to the third and deciding game.

However, the Thai opponent raised her game and she ended up winning the match and hence progressing to the finals.

With both Aakarshi and Sindhu losing in the semifinals, India will have no representation in the Women’s Singles category in the finals.

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