CWG 2022: Defending champions India blank Singapore to enter mixed team badminton final | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Lakshya Seno outsmarted reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew while India showed its might to beat Singapore 3-0 and enter the mixed team final at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
‘s men’s doubles Satwiksairaj Reddy and Chirag Shetty gave India the lead in the semi-finals with a 21-11, 21-12 win over Yong Kai Terry Hee and Andu Jun Kian Kwek.
Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was clinical by 19th place Jia Min Yeo for a result of 21-11, 21-12 to extend India’s lead to 2-0.
The third match between Sen and Loh was the most anticipated match of the semi-finals, pitting the 10th-ranked Indian against the ninth-ranked Singaporean.
Sen, who extended his head-to-head count over Loh to 4-2, took his chances against the Singaporean and succeeded more often than not.
The Indian used his booming forehand to disrupt Loh’s rhythm. Sen started slow as Loh took a 4-0 lead in the first game.
He bounced back to make it 6-6 after a long time, with Loh unsure whether to leave it or hit it.
The Indian went into halftime with a slim 11-10 advantage and made it 14-10 with two unforced errors from Loh’s racket. He followed with a powerful smash on Loh’s forehand to make it 16-10.
Loh narrowed the gap, but Sen managed to lead the game 1-0 after Singaporead found the net.
The second game was also a tough battle, but Sen always kept the lead and closed the game.
“It was a good game against him. I knew what to expect today. The plan worked today. Really happy to see India back in the final,” said Sen after the game, also thanking a clamorous Indian crowd at the NEC arena .
Previously, Sindhu was always in control against Yeo. She led 11-6 at the first game interval. A drop shot winner after a long rally made it 13-7. It was followed by a body smash on Yeo for 16-8. Too many casual mistakes have been made by Yeo.
The second game also went smoothly for Sindhu, who raised her hands after Yeo pushed a serve next to the match point.
Rankireddy and Shetty also thanked the audience after the first game.
“It was a very important match. We got goosebumps every time they chanted India India,” said Shetty.

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