India’s PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen Advance to Second Round at Canada Open 2023

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PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen of India advanced to the second round of the Canada Open 2023 BWF Super 500 tournament in Calgary on Wednesday. PV Sindhu, the world No. 15 in the current women’s singles badminton rankings, defeated world No. 62 Talia Ng of Canada in the first round with a 21-16, 21-9 victory. Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Lakshya Sen defeated Thailand’s world No. 4 Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-18, 21-15 in a hard-fought first-round men’s singles match.

PV Sindhu and Talia went toe-to-toe on the badminton courts at the Markin-MacPhail Centre in the early stages. With the scores level at 13, PV Sindhu unleashed a barrage of smashes to take the lead and win the first game.

PV Sindhu maintained her lead in the second game, leading Talia Ng 4-0 early on. The Canadian put up a short fight, closing the margin to 6-5. However, the local shuttler was unable to match the Indian shuttler’s zeal, as PV Sindhu scored seven straight points and easily won the match.

Later in the day, in the opening game, Lakshya Sen and second seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn were evenly matched. Both shuttlers engaged in a fierce duel, but Lakshya Sen kept his cool to seize the lead.

The second game was also a close contest. The Indian badminton player, on the other hand, lifted his game in the closing exchanges and won the match in 38 minutes.

In the other men’s singles matches, India’s B Sai Praneeth was eliminated after losing 21-12, 21-17 against Ygor Coelho of Brazil, who will face Lakshya Sen in the second round.

Another Indian badminton player, Gadde Ruthvika Shivani, was defeated in the first round of the women’s singles by Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, 21-12, 21-3. On Tuesday, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap was eliminated in the men’s singles qualifying round. After the Indonesia Masters, Malaysia Masters, and Thailand Open, the Canada Open 2023 is the fourth Super 500 tournament on the 2023 BWF World Tour calendar.

Another Indian badminton player, Gadde Ruthvika Shivani, was defeated in the first round of the women’s singles by Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, 21-12, 21-3. On Tuesday, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap was eliminated in the men’s singles qualifying round.

After the Indonesia Masters, Malaysia Masters, and Thailand Open, the Canada Open 2023 is the fourth Super 500 tournament on the 2023 BWF World Tour calendar.

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