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PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen enter second round of Indonesia Masters | Badminton News

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BALI: PV Sindhu eased into the second round with a straight-activity win just after fellow Indian Lakshya Sen showed his mettle with a spectacular victory above environment No. 10 Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama on the opening working day of Indonesia Masters Super 750 on Tuesday.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu, seeded 3rd, recorded a 21-15, 21-19 acquire in excess of Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in a 43-moment women’s singles match to set up a 2nd-spherical clash with Spain’s Clara Azurmendi.
Nevertheless, the spotlight of the day was Lakshya’s win above Kanta Tsuneyama in the men’s singles.
The 20-year-old from Almora, who had attained the semifinals at Hylo Open Tremendous 500 and ultimate of Dutch Open up, displayed incredible grit on way to a 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 win in excess of Kanta in an hour and 8 minutes.
Lakshya will encounter major seed and two-time globe champion Kento Momota of Japan in the up coming round.
Sindhu did not have significantly trouble in outwitting Supanida in the opening activity as she ran up a direct of 11-5 and stored her opponent at a length even following the split.
Supanida was far more competitive in the second recreation as she held snapping at Sindhu’s heels. The Indian opened up an 11-8 lead at the break but the Thai participant kept lurking all-around.
At 19-18, Sindhu grabbed two match points. Supanida saved 1 prior to Sindhu sealed the affair.
In men’s singles, Lakshya, ranked 19th, continued his wealthy vein of variety to shock his higher-rated opponent.
Lakshya rallied his way from 6-9 down in the opening video game to very first grab a 13-11 lead and then reeled off 4 straight factors from 14-13 to go away Kanta behind and acquire an upper hand.
In the next game, Lakshya was up 4- but Kanta clawed his way back again at 10-8. The Indian ensured that he had his nose forward at the interval but his one-level edge was blown away by the Japanese, who broke off from 14-14 to roar back into the contest.
In the decider, Lakshya confirmed excellent mental fortitude as he fought again from 3-6 to bounce to 13-8 with a 6-point burst. Kanta produced it 16-16 but Lakshya ensured he experienced the past snicker as he won 5 of the upcoming 6 points to enter the next round.
Nevertheless, sixth seeded Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty missing 17-21 15-21 to Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi to bow out of the competitiveness.
Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also entered the next round right after beating Denmark’s Alexandra Boje and Mette Poulsen 9-21 21-11 21-18 in below an hour.

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