Lakshya Sen and Aakarshi Kashyap joined Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu in the quarterfinals of badminton on Friday.
Lakshya Sen stormed into the quarters with a fine win (Courtesy: AP)
- Lakshya Sen and Aakarshi Kashyap reached the quarters with relative ease
- Earlier, Sindhu and Srikanth also made it to the final eight stage
- The Indian contingent also shined in the doubles competitions as well
India’s badminton sensation Lakshya Sen continued his sparkling form at the Commonwealth Games with an easy win on Friday to book his place in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles category. Aakarshi Kashyap also registered a dominant win to join Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu in the final eight stages.
The 20-year-old Sen has been one of India’s top performers this campaign and has shown his prowess during the mixed team event, where India won silver.
On Friday, the Indian ace toppled Australia’s Ying Xiang Lin 21-9 21-16 in their encounter to join Srikanth in the quarters of the men’s event.
The latter had earlier sealed his progression into the last eight stage with a 21-9 21-12 win over Sri Lanka’s Dumindu Abeywickrama.
Over on the women’s side of things, Kashyap was at her brilliant best on Friday as she thrashed Cyprus’ Eva Kattirtzi to ease into the quarters. She won the match with a resounding score of 21-2, 21-7 to progress to the quarters.
She will join Sindhu, who defeated Uganda’s Husina Kobugabe 21-10 21-9 earlier in the day, in the quarterfinal stages.
In the doubles competition, CWG silver medallists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy secured a 21-8 21-7 win over Pakistan’s Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti to seal their place in the men’s quarterfinals.
Over on the women’s side of things, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly entered the last eight with a 21-2 21-4 win over Mauritius’ Jemimah Leung For Sang and Ganesha Mungrah.
Sindhu will now face Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei in the next round with a spot in the semifinals at stake. Former World No.1 Srikanth will take on England’s Toby Penty in his quarterfinal match.
Sen and Kashyap will be facing Paul Julien Georges of Mauritius and Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour respectively, for a spot in the semis.
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