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Indonesia Open: Kidambi Srikanth beats Lakshya Sen in all-India duel, PV Sindhu exits

Indonesia Open
Kidambi Srikanth (right) beat Lakshya Sen

JAKARTA, June 15: Kidambi Srikanth defeated Lakshya Sen in straight games in an all-Indian second round duel to progress to the quarterfinals at the Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 event on Thursday.
The encounter between the two compatriots proved to be a hard-fought battle, but Srikanth exhibited his composure and experience during crucial moments, ultimately triumphing with a scoreline of 21-17, 22-20 in the men’s singles match. The intense contest lasted approximately 45 minutes.
With this win, Srikanth extended his unbeaten record against his younger compatriot to 3-0, showcasing his dominance over Lakshya.
However, world number 14 PV Sindhu made an early exit once again, losing 21-18 21-16 to her nemesis and world number 3 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a women’s singles second round match.
Sindhu had made opening round exits from the last two events.
Tai Tzu, seeded third, has been the opponent Sindhu had struggled against the most in the international arena and it was no better here with the Chinese Taipei shuttler enhancing her head-to-head record over the Indian to a staggering 19-5.
Sindhu and Tai Tzu’s most recent meeting was at the 2023 Sudirman Cup, where the Chinese Taipei player won 21-14 18-21 21-17.
With Sindhu’s loss, Indian challenge came to an end in the women’s singles event.
Earlier in the day, contrary to the final result it was Lakshya who started on a positive note, taking an early 4-0 lead in the opening game before Srikanth clawed his way back.
It was even stevens till 17 points before Srikanth came out attacking and used the court to great effect to tire out his younger rival and win four straight points to pocket the first game.
The second game was no different as both shuttlers matched each other till 13 points before Srikanth won six straight points to surge ahead to 20-14.
But the 2021 world championships silver medallist squandered six match points as Lakshya bounced back in style to draw level at 20 apiece.
Srikanth, however, had the last laugh as he kept his composure to win the next two points and seal the affair.
Srikanth will next play Li Shi Feng of China, who upset fourth seed Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 21-19 21-14 in another second round match.
(ToI With inputs from PTI)