Srikanth Loses 19-21 to Ng Tze Yong in 1st Game of Match 3

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Earlier on Monday, Lakshya Sen outwitted the reigning world champion, Loh Kean Yew, as India showed its might by beating Singapore 3-0 to secure a place in the final.

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The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Reddy and Chirag Shetty gave India the lead in the semi-finals with a 21-11, 21-12 victory over Yong Kai Terry Hee and Andu Jun Kian Kwek. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was clinically against 19th-ranked 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. Extending his head-to-head count over Loh to 4-2, Sen 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 rally, with Loh unsure whether to let it go 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 the Singaporean found the net. The second game was also a tough battle, but Sen always kept the lead and closed the game.

The second game also went smoothly for Sindhu, who raised her hands after Yeo pushed a serve-wide on the match point. Rankireddy and Shetty also thanked the audience after the first game.

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