Defending champions India stormed into the semifinals of the mixed badminton event with a 3-0 win over South Africa.
Lakshya Sen was in sparkling form on Sunday (Courtesy: AP)
- India moved into the semis with a 3-0 win over South Africa
- Lakshya Sen was in top form on Sunday as he trounced his opponent
- India will face Singapore in the semis
Defending Commonwealth Games mixed badminton champions India moved one step closer to retaining their crown as they defeated South Africa 3-0 to qualify for the semifinals on Sunday.
After securing an easy win over Australia in the quarterfinal stage, the Indian team were full of confidence and it was on show in their display against South Africa.
The Indian pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Sumeeth Reddy squared off against Jarred Elliott and Deidre Jordaan in the first match. Ponappa and Reddy breezed past the South African duo in the first game and secured it with a score of 21-9.
Despite Elliott and Jordaan trying their best, the Indians were too good for them and they secured the second game with a score of 21-11.
Having taken the 1-0 lead, the baton was handed over to Lakshya Sen who was in destructive form on the day as he dismantled the challenge put forward by Caden Kakora.
Sen got the first game in the bag by a resounding margin of 21-5 and carried his form into the second game as well.
The Indian ace toyed with his opponent in the match and finally finished him off in the second game with a score of 21-6. With Sen’s win, India took a commanding 2-0 lead in the tie.
All eyes were on Aakarshi Kashyap to seal the deal for the defending champions and take them into the semifinals. However, the Indian shuttler was made to work hard for her win by her opponent, Johanita Scholtz.
While Kashyap won the first game 21-11, Scholtz pushed the Indian star all the way in the second one. Despite the South African’s spirited effort, Kashyap held her nerve and sealed the win for India in the quarterfinals by winning the second game with a score of 21-16.
India will now be squaring off against Singapore in the final four round next as they look to make it back-to-back Commonwealth Games golds in the mixed badminton event.
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