Lakshya Sen Storms into Canada Open Final, PV Sindhu Loses to Yamaguchi

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Lakshya Sen Storms into Canada Open Final, PV Sindhu Loses to Yamaguchi

Lakshya Sen stormed into the final of the Canada Open Super 500 badminton tournament on Saturday, defeating Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in straight games. The 21-year-old Indian, who is ranked world number 19, won 21-17, 21-14 in 43 minutes.

Sen will face China’s Li Shi Feng in the final on Sunday. Li is ranked world number 10.

In the women’s singles semifinals, PV Sindhu suffered a 14-21, 15-21 loss to world number 1 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Sindhu, who is ranked world number 7, had a chance to take the first game but Yamaguchi rallied to win.

The loss to Yamaguchi ended Sindhu’s hopes of winning her third Canada Open title. She had previously won the tournament in 2018 and 2019.

Here are some other interesting facts about today’s matches:

  • Sen’s victory over Nishimoto was his first win over a top-10 player in over a year.
  • Li Shi Feng is the first Chinese men’s singles player to reach the final of the Canada Open since 2017.
  • Yamaguchi’s victory over Sindhu was her first win over the Indian in three meetings.

What’s next for the two Indian players?

Sen will be looking to win his first Super 500 title on Sunday. He will need to be at his best to defeat Li Shi Feng, who is a former world junior champion.

Sindhu will be looking to bounce back from her loss to Yamaguchi in the next tournament. She will be hoping to regain her form and challenge for the top spot in the world rankings.

Conclusion

Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu both had mixed results at the Canada Open. Sen reached the final, while Sindhu suffered a semifinal loss. Both players will be looking to improve their performances in the next tournament.

Canada Open: Lakshya Sen sails into final; PV Sindhu suffers semifinal loss to Akane Yamaguchi

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