Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Hylo Open: Satwik-Chirag losses in QFs, Gayatri-Treesa in semis

Indian women’s doubles duo Gayatri Gopichand and Tree Jolly entered the semifinals of the Hylo Open Super 300 badminton tournament here on Friday.
Gayatri-Treesa beat Hsu Ya Ching-Lin Wan Ching of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 18-21, 21-8 in an hour.
The world no 28 Indian pair took the first game 21-17. In the second, Ya Ching-Wan Ching bounced back to level the parity 21-18.
Going into the third game, Gayatri-Treesa opened the game with sharp net play and body smashes. At the interval, they led 11-4, and from there on, they allowed the Chinese Taipei pair only four points before sealing the contest with a 21-8 win. This is the fifth time they made it to the last four on the BWF world tour in 2022.
Satwik-Chirag’s dream run ends
In the men’s doubles quarterfinals, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty’s dream run in Europe came to end with a straight-game defeat to England’s Ben Lane-Sean Vendy.
Taking a 13-8 lead, Satwik-Chirag, who won their maiden French Open Super 750 on Monday, looked poised to take the lead. However, as the English pair fought back to win six points in a row, they failed to make a comeback. Lane-Vendy pair took the first game 21-17 in 16 minutes. In the second game, world no. 13 Lane-Vendy did not show any mercy to the Indians and cruised to an 11-7 lead at the interval and quickly widened the gap to 15-11. Ultimately, they allowed only three points to the Indians and wrapped the match with a 21-14 win in the second game.
This is their first win against the world no. 8 Indian duo since 2019 and second overall. The head-to-head record now stands 2-2.
Like the last three meetings, this one also ended in doubles games.

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