Indian ace shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth joined PV Sindhu in the semifinals of badminton at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. However, Aakarshi Kashyap’s run came to an end in the quarterfinals.
Sen, who has exhibited good form throughout the duration of the games, defeated Mauritius’ Julien Georges Paul 21-12 21-11 in convincing fashion to book his place in the final four of the men’s singles competition.
For Sindhu and Srikanth, the win didn’t come easy and the Indian duo were forced to work hard to get the win and progress to the semifinals on Saturday.
Sindhu took on Malaysia’s Goh Wei Jin in the quarterfinals and didn’t start off brightly. The two-time Olympic medallist dropped the first game19-21 to the World No.60.
However, she bounced back in the next two games and secured them with a scoreline of 21-14 21-18 to progress to the next round and keep her medal hopes alive.
Srikanth also was far from convincing in his quartefinal match against England’s Toby Penty. The Indian ace secured the win with a scoreline of 21-19 21-17 win over the left-handed Penty, who is ranked 54th in the world.
It was a rough day for Aakarshi Kashyap as she lost to Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, who has been a medal winner in the past two editions of the Commonwealth Games. Kashyap, who was making her CWG debut, lost the women’s singles quarterfinal with a scoreline of 10-21 7-21.
India also enjoyed success in the doubles department as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly secured their passage into the semifinals.
Satwik and Chirag, ranked 7th in the world, secured the win over Australia’s Jacob Schueler and Nathan Tang with a scoreline of 21-19 21-11. Gopichand and Jolly defeated Jamaica’s Katherine Jam and Tahila Richarson in a dominant performance that saw them win the match 21-8 21-6.
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