All England Badminton | Treesa-Gayatri stunned South Korea’s second seed and entered the semifinals

The bronze medalist at the World Championships Lakshya Sen also entered the semifinals.

The bronze medalist at the World Championships Lakshya Sen also entered the semifinals.

Undefeated Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand on Friday became the first Indian pair to reach the semifinals of the All England Championship, joining in the form of Lakshya Sen, who also reached the final four rounds of the men’s singles competition here.

Playing their first Super 1000 tournament, the female pair of Trees and Gayatri, 46th in the world, recorded the biggest victory of their career, a stunning 14-21 22-20 21-15 victory over World Championship silver medalists and other holders Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan from Korea.

A bronze medalist at the World Championships, Sen advanced to the semifinals of the men’s singles earlier in the day after his opponent Lu Guang Zu of China withdrew due to an injury sustained in the last match. Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopicand are the only Indians to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament before that

The 20-year-old Sen from Almore, who secured his first Super 500 title at the India Open in January and then won second place at the German Open last week, will face the winner of the match between Malaysian sixth seed Lee Zii Jia and second seed Japan. Kento Momota in the last four rounds.

Fifth Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, however, failed to cross the quarter-final hurdle by losing 22-24 17-21 to Indonesia’s top seed Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjay Sukamuljo in 47 minutes.

It was a well-deserved performance by Treese and Gayatri, who started playing together only last year. The duo will cross swords with Chinese Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu in the semifinals.

“We did not have pressure, that was the main thing. They are good attacking players and we didn’t play much, but we did our best, ”Treesa said of their clash against the second Korean pair in the world. Gayatri, who is the daughter of India’s head coach Pullele Gopichanda, said they were just trying to fight well.

“We are just trying to do our best. We lost the first game and lost 18-20 in the second, but I just thought we had to fight, ”said Gayatri, who along with Trees won his first joint title at the Infosys Foundation India International Challenge.

Asked about their first semi-final appearance on such a big stage, Gayatri said: “There will definitely be expectations, but we don’t feel that pressure, we just have to give our best. We want to win it for our country. ” The Indian duo won their first Super 100 title at the Odisha Open and finished second at the previous Syed Modi International Super 300 event.

“I didn’t think we were going to get the application first, but when we got it, we felt it was a good opportunity to play with top players,” Gayatri said.

The Indian pair fell behind in the opening game but scored 9-9. The Koreans began to dominate below and eventually broke at 13-13 to gain the first advantage. Treesa and Gayatri were once again 8-12 behind in the second game, but fought 15-15. Still, the Korean managed to get a two match ball advantage. The Indians saved their nerves to pull off the game and take the match to the deciding part.

In the third game, Treesa and Gayatri opened an early lead, and although the Koreans overtook 8-8, the Indian combination jumped to a 15-9 lead and then kept their opponents at a distance to enter the final four stages.

Treesa and Gayatri entered the quarterfinals after their sixth seeded Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia drew 14-19 in the second game after winning the first game 21-18 on Thursday.

Sen, on the other hand, continued his sensational series by placing in the semifinals. He stunned third world rankings and double medalist Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-16 21-18 on Thursday and advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Indian defeated first world champion and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark on his way to his first Super 300 final last week.

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