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Indonesia Open 2024: Lakshya Sen seals comfortable win, Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand suffer defeat

Published at :June 6, 2024 at 8:51 PM
Modified at :June 6, 2024 at 8:51 PM
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Anmol Kakkar

Lakshya Sen defeated Kenta Nishimoto to reach the QF of the Indonesia Open.

Lakshya Sen, the 2022 Commonwealth Games champion, easily defeated World No. 12 Kenta Nishimoto (21-9, 21-15) to reach the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open 2024. Sen, who qualified for the Olympics thanks to his performances at the French Open and All-England Open, overcame Nishimoto who was coming off a magnificent win against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Lakshya started the opening game with four consecutive points and then took a comfortable five-point lead at the interval, leading 11-6. He continued his momentum with a brilliant attacking display, giving Nishimoto no chance to make a comeback. He quickly wrapped up the game 21-9 by taking 10 out of the 13 points in the second half of the opening game.

The second game was closer until 8-8, but after that, Sen took three consecutive points to lead 11-8 at the interval. He didn’t look back and closed the second game without any hiccups, 21-15. This is Lakshya’s third win over Nishimoto in four meetings. He will now face Anders Antonsen of Denmark (World No. 5). Although Lakshya Sen has a 2-3 head-to-head record against Antonsen, he won their last meeting and will hope to repeat that success.

In the women’s doubles, Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand played their hearts out but went down to World No. 7 Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara of Japan (21-19, 19-21, 19-21). The Indians started the opening game positively, quickly taking an 11-5 lead at the interval. They continued their momentum and had five game points at 20-15. The Japanese pair saved four game points, but the Indians secured the game at the fifth attempt, winning 21-19.

After surviving a scare in the opening game, the second game was very close, with neither pair leading by more than two points. Treesa/Gayatri led throughout and seemed poised to upset the Japanese pair. However, Mayu/Wakana made a comeback from 17-19 down to take four consecutive points, pushing the match to a decider.

In the decider, Treesa/Gayatri started positively, leading 8-5 initially, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as the Japanese pair quickly took the lead. The Indians made a late comeback, saving a match point, but ultimately lost.

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In another women’s doubles match, Ashwini Ponappa/Tanisha Castro lost to World No. 2 Baek Ha-na/Lee So-hee in three games (13-21, 21-19, 13-21). Ashwini was outstanding with her agility, while Tanisha made a few errors at crucial points. In mixed doubles, Sumeeth Reddy/Sikki Reddy lost to World No. 1 Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong of China in a one-sided affair (9-21, 11-21). In men’s singles, Priyanshu Rajawat lost to world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn (10-21, 17-21).

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