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Sameer Verma, who is making a comeback after recovering from injury, was also out of the competition with a straight games 17-21 15-21 loss to Indonesia’s Chico Ara Dwi Wardoyo.
Top Indian badminton players PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen won the $ 360,000 Indonesia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament in contrasting fashion on Wednesday. (Indonesia Masters) Made it to the second round of the women’s and men’s singles respectively of the tournament. Seventh seed and World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya (Lakshya Sen) defeated Hannes Kristian Solberg Wittingus of Denmark 21-10 21-18 in straight games. Lakshya will face Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in the next round while Indus (PV Sindhu) She will face Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.
Sameer Verma and Akarshi Kashyap got the defeat
India’s Akarshi Kashyap, however, lost 12-21 11-21 to Beiwen Zheng of America in less than half an hour in straight games. Sameer Verma, who was making a comeback after recovering from an injury, also bowed out of the competition with a straight games 17-21 15-21 loss to Indonesia’s Chico Ara Dwe Vardoyo. Mixed doubles pair of Ishan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto gave a tough fight to Indonesia’s fourth seeded pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Deiva Oktavianti in their first round match but still lost 14-21 21-16 12-21 to the Indian pair. Had to do
Sindhu beats Laine Kristofferson
Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, struggled for 51 minutes during her 18-21 21-15 21-11 win over Denmark’s Line Kristofferson. Former world champion Sindhu had earlier won all three matches against Line. He made a good start till the break to lead 11-9 but then lost the first game by making several simple mistakes. In the second game too, Sindhu went on to miss after taking a 3-0 lead. Line too, however, failed to capitalize on the opportunities. The world number 22 from Denmark hit some brilliant cross court smashes but innocuous mistakes shattered her hopes of winning the game and the match. Line hit several shots outside and got entangled in several nets as Sindhu was leading by a narrow 11-10 margin till the break. The Indian player took this lead to 17-12 and then won the second game to make the score 1-1.
In the deciding match, Sindhu did not give Line a chance to return
In the deciding game, Laine took a 4-1 lead but after that she made several mistakes, taking advantage of which Sindhu was able to take an 11-7 lead till the break. Sindhu forced the opponent to play on the baseline and did not allow him to come over the net. After this the Indian player got 11 match points and after playing the shot on the net of the line, the match was in his bag.