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Canada Open Semifinals: PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen Advance, Reach Semifinals

Shuttlers Aim for Form Ahead of World Championships and Asian Games

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Canada Open Semifinals: PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen displayed exceptional performances as they secured their spots in the semifinals of the Canada Open. Sindhu convincingly defeated Gao Fang Jie of China, while Sen overcame Julien Carraggi, a Belgian qualifier, in the BWF Super-500 tournament held in Calgary, Canada. Their impressive run in the tournament is crucial for regaining their rhythm before the upcoming World Championships and Asian Games scheduled for the following months.

Sindhu’s Dominance

In her quarterfinal match, Sindhu demonstrated her prowess on the court by defeating Gao Fang Jie with a scoreline of 21-13, 21-7. Her agility, strong retrieval, and commanding presence unsettled Jie, leading to numerous unforced errors from the Chinese shuttler. This victory marks an important milestone for Sindhu as she secured her first win against Jie in their four encounters.

Sindhu’s Semifinal Challenge

As Sindhu progresses to the semifinals, her true test awaits in the face of world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu holds a 14-10 win-loss record against the top-seeded Japanese player. This highly anticipated clash promises to be a thrilling battle between two exceptional talents vying for a spot in the final.

Lakshya’s Triumph

Lakshya Sen showcased his resilience in the quarterfinals by defeating Belgian qualifier Julien Carraggi in three fiercely contested sets. After a dominant opening set, Sen faced a setback in the second set but swiftly regained control in the decider, ultimately securing a 21-8, 17-21, 21-10 victory. This marks Sen’s second semifinal appearance in 12 tournaments, highlighting his consistent progress on the international badminton stage.

Lakshya’s Semifinal Opponent

In the semifinals, Lakshya Sen will face the formidable challenge of fourth seed Kenta Nishimoto from Japan. This match holds significance for Sen as Nishimoto had emerged victorious in their previous encounter at the Japanese Open last August. With both players aiming for a spot in the final, their clash is expected to be intense and closely contested.

Canada Open Semifinals

PV SindhuLakshya Sen
Opponent: AkaneOpponent: Kenta
Yamaguchi (JPN)Nishimoto (JPN)
Head-to-Head: 14-10Previous Meeting: Lost (Japanese Open, Aug 2022)

Conclusion

PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen’s successful journey to the semifinals of the Canada Open serves as an important stepping stone in their preparation for the upcoming major tournaments. With Sindhu set to face Yamaguchi and Sen taking on Nishimoto, badminton enthusiasts eagerly await these semifinal encounters filled with skill, determination, and the quest for victory.

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