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India Open: Lakshya Sen Beats HS Prannoy to Advances to Semis

World championship bronze medallist Lakshya Sen advanced to the men’s singles semifinals at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open badminton on Friday.

Sen rallied his way to a hard-fought 14-21 21-9 21-14 victory over HS Prannoy in another all-Indian quarterfinals and the third seed will square off against either Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong or Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen in the semifinals.

Sen and Prannoy engaged in a battle of supremacy with the former dominating the proceedings initially to secure a 6-2 lead.

Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals at the last world championships, got his act together in time to turn the tables at 12-10 and then zoomed from 15-14 to pocket the opening game.

Sen roared back into the contest in the second game as he ran up a huge 12-5 lead and didn’t look back from that point, as Prannoy crumbled.

In the decider, Prannoy took the initiative early, opening up a 6-1 advantage but he couldn’t sustain it as Sen moved to 11-9 at the interval and then pocketed nine of the next 11 points to seal the match in his favour.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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