Lakshya Sen (TOI Photograph)
Lakshya Sen and girls’s doubles staff of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy exited the All England Championships, shedding their quarterfinal matches in Birmingham on Friday.
Nineteen-year-old Lakshya went down combating towards Mark Caljouw of The Netherlands 17-21, 21-16, 17-21 within the final eight levels. The Indian teenager gave a great account of himself within the method he fought again after shedding the primary sport.
Within the decider too, Lakshya performed fairly properly, however the huge lead he conceded within the early a part of the sport affected his possibilities. Trailing 11-16, Lakshya got here up with a five-point burst to meet up with Mark. However from 18-17, Mark scored three straight factors to clinch the decider.
In the meantime, All England witnessed the most important upset as world No.1 Kento Momota suffered a shocking defeat towards Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia 16-21, 19-21. Lee will face Mark within the semifinals.
Earlier, Ashwini and Sikki squandered 5 sport factors and misplaced to Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen of The Netherlands 22-24, 12-21.
The Indian women had been inside hanging distance once they had been main at 20-17 within the first sport. The Dutch women, nonetheless, had been in no temper to relent and saved three sport factors. At 20-20, the Indians scored two extra factors earlier than their opponents received the primary sport with three straight factors from 21-22.
Disillusioned after shedding the primary sport from such a dominant place the Indians misplaced rhythm within the second. They conceded a 0-4 lead and trailed their opponents by 4-11 and misplaced the sport at 12-21.
Ashwini Ponnappa stated that they struggled to manage the shuttle resulting from sideways drift.
“We struggled to manage the shuttle. There was a sideways drift and we had been discovering it onerous to maintain it in. We went too onerous; possibly we should always’ve been much more affected person. However there are positives to take from this event, notably our win yesterday over the Stoevas the place we made only a few errors. That’s the best way going ahead,” Ashwini advised BWF web site.
World champion PV Sindhu will face Akane Yamaguchi within the quarterfinals late on Friday.