Lakshya Sen Enters Quarter-Finals, PV Sindhu Loses In All England Open Badminton Championships


India's Lakshya Sen registered an impressive three-game win over the world number one. 3 Anders Antonsen reached the quarterfinals but error-prone PV Sindhu lost in the second round of the women's singles at the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. World number 18 Sen, who finished runner-up in the 2022 edition, bounced back from 2-8 down in the decider after losing the second game to win 24-22 11-21 21-14 over Antonsen. The three-time medalist at the World Championships, in a controversial second round match.

Earlier, two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu was looking in good form and fought hard against world number one An Se Young of Korea, but failed to curb her mistakes and lost 19-21, 11-21. Lost to.

It was the Indian player's seventh consecutive defeat to the indomitable An Se Young, who last year became the first Korean women's singles player to win the World Championships.

Sen came into the match with a 1–3 record against Antonsen, having defeated the Indian in all three previous meetings.

But the Indian performed well and was ahead 17-15 in the first game after some close contests early on. With two winners, Antonsen tied the score at 17–17, but Sen was the first to get two game points with a precise backhand flick into the corner.

With Antonsen surviving, the Indian lost five game points.

Eventually at 22-22, two power-packed smashes gave Sen his fifth game point and this time he sealed it when the Dane sprayed wide.

After the change of ends, Antonsen was on top and led 11–7 at the break. The Dane maintained a strong hold on the rallies as Sen made too many errors and the second game quickly slipped away.

Antonsen led 2–8 in the deciding game but took an 11–6 lead at the interval.

But the momentum soon changed and the Indian won seven of the next nine points to level the score at 13-13.

At 14–16, Antonsen was called for the fault of touching the net, which upset the Dane. “Fault? Why? Touched the net? My racket or body?”, an animated Antonsen can be heard saying to the chair umpire.

Sen soon hit a forehand winner to take it to 16-14, which he extended to 18-14 when a defensive shot from Antonsen went out.

Another long rally ended with Lakshya falling two points short of victory. A smash gave him six match points and he converted when the Dane went wide.

Sindhu vs Ann Se Young

Sindhu, who is on the comeback trail after recovering from a left knee injury, tried to attack but her 22-year-old rival looked to be in a different league as she varied the tempo of the rallies and used her strokes to come ahead. Well used. Trump.

For Sindhu, things went wrong after the break in the second game as the mistakes kept piling up.

Sindhu was leading 4-1 but Ann Se Young started understanding the game better and slowed down the rallies. She kept sending tosses and clears, waiting for Sindhu's errors, who always sent the shuttle wide and long.

Soon the Korean player was ahead 11-8. Sindhu continued her attack using backhand push and cross smash. However, the Korean remained strong in her defense and reached 13-10 and then 15-11 with another accurate smash.

Sindhu tried to attack the net and aim for her opponent's body but Young's instincts helped her survive twice as she sent the shuttle away.

Sindhu came back from 13-17 to 16-17. But Young broke again to take two points before sealing four game points with a forehand drop.

Sindhu lofted a ball over the net and then hit a powerful smash on her opponent's forehand to stay alive. The Korean player slipped during the rally and Sindhu made the score 19-20.

However, at the right time, An Se Young sent a backhand over the backline over Sindhu's head to win the opening game.

The second game got off to a tough start, but An Se Young took a five-point lead at the interval. After this, everything went wrong for Sindhu.

“Of course, she is a top player now. But I should have been more patient, I made unforced errors. There were easy mistakes,” Sindhu said.

“Everything was fine in the first game but then I was getting close and giving away two-three points. But I think in the second set I gave her a big lead and then I was making mistakes on the receiving end.

“It is important to stay with him, for that we have to work hard and be patient, work hard on our skills and technique.”

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