Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, a women’s doubles team from India, won an incredible match to advance to the quarterfinals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday, but Lakshya Sen lost in the men’s singles competition (March 16). Treesa and Gayatri, who won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, continued to rise as they defeated Sayaka Hirota and Yuki Fukushima, the former world No. 1 pair, 21-14, 24-22, in a thrilling match treesa.
The Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Liu Xuan Xuan will be the next opponent for the world No. 17 ranked Indian pair, which advanced to the last edition’s semifinals. Sen, a finalist from the previous year, lost 13-21, 15-21 in 52 minutes after struggling to find his rhythm against Anders Antonsen. The Danish were getting some sweet revenge after losing to the Indian in 2022 in a row.
The Indian pair, ranked No. 17 in the world, who advanced to the semifinals of the previous tournament, will face the Chinese team of Li Wen Mei and Liu Xuan Xuan. Sen, a finalist from the previous year, lost 13-21, 15-21 in 52 minutes after having trouble getting into a rhythm against Anders Antonsen. After suffering two losses to the Indians in a row in 2022, the Danish were taking sweet revenge.
The No. 17-ranked Indian team
The No. 17-ranked Indian team will take on Li Wen Mei and Liu Xuan Xuan of China, who reached the semifinals of the previous competition. Sen, a semifinalist the year before, lost 13-21, 15-21 in 52 minutes after finding it difficult to settle down against Anders Antonsen. The Danish were getting back at the Indians for their two consecutive losses in 2022.
The two former top-10 players battled it out for the bragging rights, but Sen and Antonsen made a few mistakes that prevented them. Sen improved his play after switching sides and eventually built a 9-4 lead before expanding it to 11-5 at the halfway point of the match. Then, at 10-11, Antonsen staged a comeback to pull within one point of the Indian.
Sen then lost his bearings as Antonsen began setting the terms to turn the match around at 14-13 after the Indian pushed a shot into the net. he made a few mistakes as the Dane earned five match points and won on the first opportunity.
Sen will lose a lot of ranking points as a result of his second-round exit and will drop further down the BWF rankings. The former world No. 6 dropped to the 19th spot last Tuesday after losing in the first round of the German Open.