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India Open: Lakshya overcomes Prannoy challenge, Sindhu beats Chaliha to reach semi-finals

World championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen underlined his status as one of the top stars of Indian badminton with a win over HS Prannoy while top seed PV Sindhu took her designated spot in the semi-finals of the India Open 2022, which is part of HSBC BWF World Tour tournament series, with a convincing victory over Ashmita Chaliha on Friday.

Sen rallied from a game down to beat Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 in exactly an hour in the men’s singles quarter-final. In the two other all-Indian clashes of the day, Sindhu defeated Chaliha 21-7, 21-18 while Aakarshi Kashyap overcame the challenge of Malvika Bansod 21-12, 21-15 in the women’s singles category.

Sen versus Prannoy was definitely the marquee clash of the day and the two players did not disappoint in terms of effort and aggression. The youngster started with his trademark attacking instinct and took an early lead.

But Prannoy then began to step on the gas and his down the line smashes did hurt Sen’s game plan and the third seed began to make mistakes. But there was not much to differentiate between the two till 13-13 before the former eight of the next nine points to pocket the game.

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