CWG 2022: Defending champions India blank Singapore to enter mixed team badminton final | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Lakshya Sen reigning world champion defeated Yew by Loh Kean as India showed their might to shut out Singapore 3-0 and enter the mixed team final at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
The duo of gentlemen 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.
Double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was clinical against 19th Jia Min Yeo for a 21-11, 21-12 result to extend India’s lead to 2-0.
The third game between Sen and Loh was the most anticipated game of the semi-final with the 10th-ranked Indian facing the ninth-ranked Singaporean.
Sen, who extended his one-on-one tally on Loh to 4-2, took a chance against the Singaporean and succeeded most of the time.
The Indian used his resounding forehand to disrupt Loh’s rhythm. Sen started slow as Loh took a 4-0 lead in the opener.
He bounced back to make it 6-6 after a long stretch, with Loh unsure whether to leave it or hit it.
The Indian entered the break with a slim 11-10 advantage and made it 14-10 with two unforced errors from Loh’s racket. He followed that up with a powerful smash on Loh’s forehand and made it 16-10.
Loh pulled one back but Sen managed to go 1-0 up in the game after Singaporead found the net.
Game 2 was also a tough battle, but Sen still held the lead and closed out the game.
“It was a good game against him. I knew what to expect today. The plan worked today. Really happy that India are in the final again,” Sen said after the game and said also thanked a raucous Indian crowd at the NEC arena.
Previously, Sindhu was always in control against Yeo. She was leading 11-6 going into the first game. A winning bunt after a long rally made it 13-7. It was followed by a body smash on Yeo for 16-8. Too many unforced errors were made by Yeo.
Game two was also a smooth one for Sindhu who threw his hands up after Yeo pushed a wide serve on a match point.
Rankireddy and Shetty also thanked the crowd after the first game.
“It was a really important game. We got goosebumps every time they chanted India India,” Shetty said.

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