Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen showcased their brilliance at the Canada Open, securing commanding victories in the BWF World Tour Super 500 event to progress to the pre-quarterfinals. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, effortlessly defeated Canada’s Talia NG in straight games, while Sen delivered an impressive upset by triumphing over second seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn from Thailand. The duo’s outstanding performances have ignited hopes of a successful campaign for the Indian contingent in the tournament.
PV Sindhu, seeded fourth in the women’s singles category, demonstrated her prowess with a convincing 21-16, 21-9 victory over Talia NG from Canada in her opening match. The Indian shuttler exhibited exceptional control and precision throughout the encounter, overpowering her opponent with a combination of powerful smashes and well-placed shots. Sindhu’s effortless triumph positions her as a strong contender for further progress in the tournament.
Lakshya Sen, on the other hand, faced a formidable challenge in the form of second-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in the men’s singles event. Undeterred by his opponent’s higher ranking, Sen displayed remarkable resilience and skill to secure a remarkable 21-18, 21-15 victory. The young Indian shuttler showcased exceptional shot selection and tactical brilliance, outmaneuvering Vitidsarn with a blend of aggressive play and deft net shots.
Sindhu’s next hurdle on her path to glory is set to be Japan’s Natsuki Nidaira, while Sen is slated to face Ygor Coelho from Brazil. These upcoming clashes promise to be exciting battles as both Indian shuttlers look to extend their impressive run in the tournament. However, fellow Indian player B Sai Praneeth suffered a setback, losing 12-21, 17-21 against Ygor Coelho, thus exiting the competition.
In the women’s singles category, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde faced a tough challenge against Thailand’s Supanida Katethong. Unfortunately, Gadde couldn’t find her rhythm, succumbing to a 12-21, 3-21 defeat in the first round.
The Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala will be in action later in the day, facing the formidable second-seeded Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. All eyes will be on Krishna and Vishnuvardhan as they aim to make a strong statement in their quest for success.
PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen’s stellar performances at the Canada Open have generated immense excitement and anticipation for Indian badminton fans. Their remarkable victories in the early stages of the tournament showcase the talent and determination of the Indian shuttlers. As Sindhu and Sen gear up for their upcoming challenges, Indian badminton enthusiasts eagerly await their continued success in this prestigious event.