Lakshya Sen defeats Mauritius Julien Georges Paul in the women's singles . Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu fail to progress to womens and mens singles quarterfinals .
BIRMINGHAM, MA: Young Lakshya Sen came out on top for a convincing victory, but double Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth had to work hard on Saturday to advance to the Commonwealth Games' badminton semifinals.Sen, the world number ten, defeated Mauritius Julien Georges Paul 21-12 21-11 after Sindhu and Srikanth failed to progress to the womens and mens singles quarterfinals before losing to Malaysia's Goh Wei Jin and England's Toby Penty.Sindhu, a former world champion who has won bronze and silver in the previous two editions, won a come-from-behind victory over Goh, ranked 60th, to advance to the semifinals of the CWG for the third time in a row.Srikanth, a silver medalist at the World Championships, was also far from convincing in his 21-19 21-17 win over the left-handed Penty, who was ranked 54th in the world.Sindhu, on the other hand, would have to cross Singapores world number 18 Jia Min Yeo to get closer to achieving his first gold.At the 2019 French Open, the Indian had defeated her.Young Aakarshi Kashyaps CWG debut came to an end with a 10-21 7-21 loss to Scotland's Kristy Gilmour, a silver and bronze medalist in 2014 and 2018 editions, respectively.Sindhu appeared to be a bit shaky against Goh, whom she had defeated in the mixed team championship final in two tight games. In the mid-game interval, the 27-year-old Hyderabad star had a two-point advantage, but Goh turned the tables with her better showing in the second half of the first round, taking a 1-0 lead.However, a remarkably young Sindhu got back to her feet right away as the two engaged in some outstanding rallies, with the Indian gaining a three-point advantage at the break.Sindhu, who is the world number 7, extended her lead to 19-14 and soon roared back in the tournament.The decider was a game of enthralling rallies, with the duo going neck-and-neck until 6-6. The Indian disposed off a short return from Goh to take a one-point lead at the interval.Although Goh made some outstanding shots, including a body smash, Sindhu focused on guiding her opponent across the court and using her range of strokes to do so.Sindhu attempted to get into solid positions to open up several possibilities for her strokeplay.Goh was soon leading 15-11, with Goh looking distraught and flat on the ground. Sindhu captured three match points and converted in her second attempt, much to the delight of the Indian fans at the NEC Hall here.Penty matched Srikanth in all areas and held a four-point lead at the break in the second game after narrowly missing the opener, egged on by the home crowd and coached by former CWG medallist Rajiv Ouseph.Srikanth was error-prone in the first half of the game, but rode on his explosive power in his smashes to make it 17-13 in the second.He grilled his opponent with a line of attacking shots, including a body smash.