Earlier on Monday, Lakshya Sen defeated reigning world champion Loh Ken Yew, as India showed their strength to beat Singapore 3-0 to book their place in the final.
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The men’s doubles pair of Satok Sairaj Reddy and Chirag Shetty gave India a lead in the semi-finals with a 21-11, 21-12 win over Yong Kai Terry Hee and Ando Jun Kian Kwek. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu produced a clinical 21-11, 21-12 win over 19th seed Jaya Min Yew to extend India’s lead to 2-0.
The third match between Sen and Loh was the most anticipated rubber of the semifinals, pitting the 10th-ranked Indian against the ninth-ranked Singaporean. Sen, who extended his head-to-head count to 4-2 against Loh, took advantage of his chances against Singapore and won often.
The Indian used his booming forehand to upset Loh’s rhythm. Sen got off to a slow start as Loh raced to a 4-0 lead in the first game. He bounced back to make it 6-6 after a long rally, with Loh unsure whether to leave or hit it.
The Indian led 11-10 at the break and made it 14-10 with two unforced iron racket errors. He followed up with a powerful smash on the iron forehand to make it 16-10. Loh reduced the deficit, but Sen managed to go 1-0 up in the match after Singapore netted. The second game was also a tough battle, but Sen always held the lead and closed out the match.
The second game was even smoother for Sindhu who raised her hands in the air after Yeo pushed her serve wide on match point. Rankireddy and Shetty also thanked the crowd after the first match.
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