Badminton

Lakshya Sen, Akarshi Kashyap enter semis at the Dutch Open

Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Akarshi Kashyap registered brilliant comeback victories to storm into the semi-finals of the Yonex Dutch Open Superseries currently underway in Almere on Friday.

Top-seeded Lakshya got off to a part start as he conceded the first set 16-21.  Then in the second set, he was down 18-20. But the 20-year-old held his nerve to take the match into the decider. The World No.25 dominated the 3rd set and eventually won the match 16-21, 22-20, 21-7. Sen will face Xiaodong Sheng of Canada in the semifinals tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles, Akarshi scripted a similar comeback. The 8th seeded Indian defeated Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi of Singapore 11-21, 21-19, 21-14 in the quarterfinals.

However, it was a disappointment for Ira Sharma in her quarterfinal. Vivien Sandorhazi of Hungary defeated the Indians 21-19, 21-23, 21-15.

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