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All England Championships: Lakshya enters first quarter, Sindh also joins on mixed day for India

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Lakshya Sen on Thursday became the youngest male Indian shuttle player to reach the All England Championship quarter-finals, as he was joined by Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu with an easy victory in the Super 1000 here.

Sendo, the world champion, scored a massive 21-8, 21-8 victory over Denmark’s Laine Kristofferson in a straight second-round match.

Earlier, 19-year-old Lakshya from Almora, who won five titles in 2019, beat France’s Thomas Roxel 21-18, 21-16 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

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However, it was the curtains of H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth after the duo fell in the second round of the men’s singles on Thursday.

Lakshya, who won the Asian Junior Championships, bronze at the World Junior Championships, and silver at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, will face 36th Dutch world champion Marc Kalgo.

Sendo will meet Japan’s third seed Akane Yamaguchi.

In the men’s singles, Brannoy, a former top 10 player, couldn’t find his way past world number one Kento Momota, as the Japanese played his first event since a horrific accident that left him undergoing eye surgery last year.

The Indian lost 15-21, 14-21 in the 48-minute game out of the competition.

Olympic rider Braneth then squandered the first game advantage, losing 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 to second seed Victor Axelsen of Denmark.

Also knocked out were the mixed doubles duo Satwiksirag Rankiredi and Ashwini Bonaba, who lost 19-21, 9-21 to Japanese duo Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo in the opening round.

Sindhu came out and all cylinders would shine, zooming in on the break with a massive 10-point lead at 11-1 in just 4 minutes. The Indian then moved on to 16-4 and quickly wrapped up the opening match without much effort.

In the second half, Sindh led 6-4 before entering the second half with a seven-point lead.

The Indian conceded three points after the break before falling back on the remaining 10 as Lane could only watch from the other end.

Brannoy, along with Lakshya, Olympic hopeful Psy Pranith and Samir Verma, entered the second round on Wednesday night, but former world number one Saina Nihal had to give up her opening women’s singles match after sustaining an injury.

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Saina, who finished second here in 2015, was looking pretty jittery because of her right thigh. She decided to retire after falling (8-21 4-10) in her opening match against seventh seed Mia Bleichfeldt of Denmark.

In the men’s singles, the world’s 15th ranked Braneth beat France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-18 22-20, while Brannoy beat Malaysian Darren Liu 21-10 21-10.

Samir beat Brazilian Igor Coelho 21-11, 21-19, while Lakshya, ranked 18th in the world, surprised Kantabun Wangcharoen 21-18, 21-12.

In the mixed doubles, Pranav Jerry Chopra Won Seki Reddy slipped 15-21, 17-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Espersen and Kristen Bosch in the opening round.

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