Indonesia Masters badminton: India’s PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen sail into second round

While Lakshya won in straight games against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, PV Sindhu had to see off a strong challenge from Line Christophersen.

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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Former world champion PV Sindhu and world championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen won their opening-round matches at the Indonesia Masters 2022 in Jakarta on Wednesday. 

Playing at Istora Stadium, India’s PV Sindhu, seventh in the badminton world rankings, came from behind to beat world No. 22 Line Christophersen of Denmark 21-18, 15-21, 11-21 in her women’s singles opener. 

PV Sindhu took an early 8-3 lead in the first game but was pegged back in the first game after conceding a series of successive points to her Danish opponent. 

In the second game, PV Sindhu recovered well to come back from an 11-10 deficit to stretch the match into the decider. 

The deciding game, however, was a straightforward affair for the two-time Olympic medallist. After being tied at 6-6, PV Sindhu dominated the match and lost only five points from thereon. 

This was PV Sindhu’s fourth win against Line Christophersen in as many matches. She will now face world No. 30 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in the round of 16 on Thursday.

India’s top-ranked men’s singles badminton player Lakshya Sen, meanwhile, got the better of world No. 21 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark in straight games. Lakshya Sen, ranked world No. 9, defeated his Danish opponent 21-10, 21-18 to move into the second round.

It was Lakshya Sen’s first win against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in his third meeting. He will now face world No. 13 Rasmus Gemke for a place in the quarter-finals.

Earlier in the day, Aakarshi Kashyap, a member of India’s Uber Cup team, lost to world No. 16 and former Pan American champion Beiwen Zhang of the USA 21-12, 21-11 in the round of 32.

World No. 30 Sameer Verma also bowed out of men’s singles after going down to Indonesia's Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-17, 21-15.

In the mixed doubles category, B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa will face Indonesia’s Hafiz Faizal and Serena Kani in the main round later in the day.

London 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap pulled out before the start of the tournament. Kidambi Srikanth withdrew earlier.

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