Indonesia Open Masters 2022: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen enter second round

Sindhu defeated her Danish opponent with a score-line of 18-21, 21-15, 21-11, while Lakshya had a fairly comfortable victory over Hans-Kristian 21-10, 21-18 to enter the pre-quarters.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu; Credit: Twitter/@Badminton_Asia
By Sreejith C R | Jun 8, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu started off her Indonesia Masters 2022 campaign with a win over Denmark’s Line Christophersen in the first round of women’s singles category at Jakarta on Wednesday. While Lakshya Sen also secured a comfortable win over Denmark’s Hans-Kristian to enter the pre-quarters in men’s singles category. Sindhu defeated her Danish opponent with a score-line of 18-21, 21-15, 21-11. The Indian didn’t have a great start, losing the first game, but the 26-year-old managed to bounce back in the next two games, winning them comfortably to clinch the match. Meanwhile Lakshya had a fairly comfortable outing, as the world Championship bronze medalist outwitted his opponent 21-10, 21-18.  

Sindhu came into the match with a 3-0 head-to-head record against Line but the Dane started positively to pocket the first game, despite going down 11-9 in the first break. The world number 22 played some superb cross-court smashes to come back, while Sindhu committed too many unforced errors. However, in the second game, Line took a slender 11-10 lead before Sindhu roared back to establish a three-point cushion and extended it to 17-12 before taking the game at 21-15. In the decider, the Indian was 4-1 up but once again, because of Sindhu’s unforced errors, the Dane closed the gap. Sindhu went into the final break with a 11-7 lead. The 26-year-old changed the gears and earned 11 match points before sealing the match courtesy of an error by Line. 

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In other results, Aakarshi Kashyap went down 12-21, 11-21 to USA’s Beiwen Zhang in under 30 minutes to bow out of the competition. Meanwhile Sameer Verma, who was coming back after an injury layoff, failed to get the better of Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi, losing 17-21, 15-21. The mixed pairing of Oshaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto fought hard before losing 14-21, 21-16, 12-21 to fourth seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti of Indonesia in the opening round match. 

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