All England Championships: Trisha and Gayatri’s pair lost again in the semi-finals, Korean pair defeated
Indian young shuttlers Trisha Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand’s stellar campaign came to an end with a semi-final defeat at the All England Championships on Saturday. World number 20 Korean Baek Na Ha and Lee So Hee won the women’s doubles match 21-10, 21-10. The Korean pair won the semi-final match in just 46 minutes.
Gayatri’s father Pullela Gopichand was the last Indian player to win the All England Championship title. He had won this trophy in 2001. For India, this title was first given by the great player Prakash Padukone in 1980.
20-year-old Gayathri and 19-year-old Trisha had great chances to reach the finals but could not overcome the Korean challenge. Li has also won the world championship title twice.
The Indian pair trailed 0-4 in the first game. The Korean pair then took an 11-5 lead with their long rallies.
The Indian pair scored a few points to take the score to 9-13, but then the match became one-sided. In the second game, the Indians committed too many unforced errors which the Korean pair picked up and sealed the final with the game.
Srikanth, Lakshya and Prannoy out with defeat
Indian stars Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy crashed out of the All England Badminton Championships after losing their last-16 matches in men’s singles. Japan’s Kodai Naraoka defeated Srikanth in straight games in the men’s singles. Kodai won the match 21-17, 21-15. At the same time, Prannoy also disappointed with his performance. Prannoy was ousted from the championship by Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Gintig 22-20, 15-21, 21-17 in a three-game match.
PV Sindhu also went out after losing
Struggling with poor form, two-time Olympic medalist Indian player PV Sindhu crashed out of the All England Badminton Championships after losing in the first round. Sindhu lost in straight games to China’s Zhang Yi on Wednesday. World No. 9 Sindhu went down 17-21, 11-21 in just 39 minutes in the women’s singles match. She recently parted ways with her former coach, Park Tae-sang of Korea, under whom she won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The world number 17 Chinese player played in a more aggressive manner than Sindhu throughout the match. After this defeat, the record of Sindhu and Zhang Yi became 1-2 (win-loss).