PV Sindhu Gregoria Mariska Indonesia Masters 2022: Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament after winning their respective matches on Thursday. Almora’s 20-year-old Lakshya, who was part of the Indian team during the historic title win in the Thomas Cup in Bangkok, defeated world number 13 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 21-18 21-15 in 54 minutes.
However, Sindhu had to struggle a bit in women’s singles. She defeated Gregoria Mariska Tunjang of Indonesia 23-21 20-22 21-11 in an hour-long second round match. Seventh seed Sen will next take on Chinese Taipei’s third seed Chou Tien Chen, who had registered a three-game win against the Indian in the Thomas Cup in the only match between the two players last month.
Sindhu will face a tough challenge in the quarter-finals. The fourth seeded Indian will face the winner of the match between fifth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. However, the journey of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa ended in mixed doubles after going down 18-21 13-21 to second seeded Chinese pair of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiang of China in the second round.
Against unseeded Tunjung, Sindhu got off to a great start and played aggressively to take a 10-5 lead. He used the long rally very well in the beginning. Earlier, this Indonesian player, who had lost six times to Sindhu, made a spectacular comeback and made the score 15-15. The Indian, however, used the experience to win the first game by scoring 21 points.
In the second game, the matter was quite the opposite, Tunjung took a 10-5 lead but Sindhu again made the score 15-15 and then 20-20. Indonesia’s player won the second game by getting two points.
In the third and deciding game, Sindhu did not give any chance to the opponent and won the match. Playing against Gemke for the first time in his international career, world No. 9 Lakshya showed more patience and curbed his mistakes and registered a win.
Sen went down 0-3 in the first game but managed to make a comeback to take a 9-6 lead. Gemke, however, was leading by a narrow margin of 11-10 till the break. The Indian, however, took a 16-12 lead after the break with six consecutive points and then easily won the first game. In the second game, the match between the two players was more close. Most of the time, sometimes the goal was to make the game lead. However, Lakshya won four consecutive points at 13-12 and then won the game and the match.