India Open: Sindhu loses in semis; Chirag-Satwik enter final | Badminton News

NEW DELHI: World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen reached the summit in men’s singles with a thrilling win, but it was over for two-time Olympic champion PV Sindhu at Saturday’s Yonex-Sunrise India Open.
The 20-year-old Sen fought a 19:21, 21:16, 21:12 victory over world No. 60 Malaysian Ng Tze Yong to take part in his first World Tour Super 500 summit match.

There was disappointment in the women, however, as top seed and home favorite Sindhu lost 14-21 21-13 10-21 to sixth-seeded Thai Supanida Katethong.
“I gave her a huge lead from the start. In the third game after the score was 6-6 I should have scored a few points but she kept going. She’s a good player. I played against her in Bali, her Punches are deceptive. I should have controlled the shuttles,” Sindhu said after the game.
“Back then in Indonesia my smashes went to the corner or line but today my tosses and clears went out or the middle and I gave her a chance to attack. It just wasn’t my day and she played well. I have to work on my mistakes,” she added.
Youngster Aakarshi Kashyap also had a golden opportunity, but she squandered five game points in the opening game to give Busanan a 26-24, 21-9 win in the semifinals of the other women’s singles.

Sen, seeded third, meets reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in Sunday’s summit battle to repeat last year’s Dutch Open final.
“It feels good to play my first Super 500 final in my home country,” said Sen, who has two Super 100 titles – Dutch Open and SaarLorLux Open – and three international challenges in Belgium, Scotland and Bangladesh in the year had won in 2019.
“The first game was pretty tight, I made a few mistakes that cost me. But in the second and third games I kept my cool and managed to pull through.”

Loh, who was seeded fifth, was passed by Canada’s Brian Yang in the other semifinal after developing a sore throat and headache.
In men’s doubles, world No. 10 pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy advanced to the final with a 21-10 21-18 win over French duo William Villeger and Fabien Delrue.
Chirag and Satwik will face off against three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia on Sunday.

In other results, Indian women’s doubles pair Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayan and Ashna Roy lost 12-21, 9-21 to fourth-seeded Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard of Thailand.
On Sunday, Sen will be itching to set the record after losing the Dutch Open final to Loh. Overall, the duo have a 2-2 head-to-head record, with Sen losing two of their last three encounters.
“We’re both playing well, it’s going to be a good game tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to playing him,” said Sen of their last meeting.
In the semi-finals of the men’s singles, both shuttles showed their strength in attack in the round of 16.
Sen got his opponent moving across the court with his returns and used his shots to take a four-point lead 10-6 from an initial 2-4 deficit.
The Indian went into the break 11-8 after Yong went wide.
After the break, Sen brought in some hard punches to disrupt the Malaysian but couldn’t withstand the pressure as Yong made it 14-14. The Malaysian flat-footed Sen with a precise shot from the net to take the lead.
Yong then won a video recommendation to take a two-point lead at 16-14. Sen then controlled the process to hit back 17:17.
However, Yong snagged two game points when a return service from Sen went wide and conveniently sealed it.
Yong carried the momentum in game two, opening a 4-1 lead. Sen did well to close the gap but Young made sure he was ahead at the break.
After 9-11, Sen continued his efforts to turn things around. He drew at 13-13 par and worked his way up from his opponent’s forehand to a 19-16 lead with a powerful punch. A net error by Yong earned Sen four game points and he sealed it when Yong netted again.
In the decider, Sen got off to a commanding start, leading 4-1, then hitting another cross-court jump smash to make it 9-5. He played another precision shot at the baseline and Yong missed the goal, and Sen went into the break with a massive six-point lead.
Sen then went for a smash hitting spree to quickly jump to an 18-12 lead. He snagged eight match points with a drop and quickly sealed them after his opponent went back to the net.
However, Sindhu, who beat Katethong at the Indonesia Masters last year, could not do her best against an opponent ranked at No. 33 in the world.
She had no answers to her opponent’s compact game as the opening game slipped through her fingers in the blink of an eye.
An insecure Sindhu showed an aggressive return to the 4:2 lead after the change of sides and then managed a narrow 11:10 lead at the break. After that, she looked in control and soon picked up eight game points. She squandered the first chance before charging back into the competition when Katethong got it wrong.
The decider started out as a close affair, but Katethong soon extended a narrow 9-7 lead before going 11-7 at the break.
Katethong was accurate with her return and watertight in her defense, traits that helped her move to a 16-9 lead before earning eight match points and sealing it when Sindhu went long again.

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