Sindhu, Lakshya Sen enter semi-finals

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Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and world championship bronze medallist Lakshya Sen registered contrasting wins to advance to the women’s and men’s singles semi-finals, respectively, at the India Open badminton tournament here on Friday.

Contrasting victories

Top seed Sindhu, a former world champion, got the better of compatriot Ashmita Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 in 36 minutes, while Sen rallied his way to a hard-fought 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 victory over HS Prannoy in another all-Indian quarter-final.

Lakshya Sen

Sindhu, 26, set up a women’s singles Last-4 clash with Thailand’s sixth seed Supanida Katethong, who entered the semi-finals after the third seeded Yeo Jia Min of Singapore pulled out of the tournament due to “high fever.” Sen, seeded third, will square off against Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong in the semi-finals.

In the other women’s semi-final, Aakarshi Kashyap will face second seeded Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan after the Indian notched up a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Malvika Bansod on Friday. Busanan trounced USA’s Lauren Lam 21-12, 21-8 in the Last-8 clash.

Rankireddy-Shetty pair win

Second seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also entered the semi-finals with a 21-18, 21-18 win over Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean.

Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayan and Ashna Roy also made it to the Last-4 in women’s doubles after beating Rudrani Jaiswal and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar 21-16, 21-16 in the quarter-finals.

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