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All England Open 2022 Day 4 Highlights: Lakshya wins, Treesa-Gayatri’s fairytale run ends

All England Open 2022, Day 4 Highlights: Lakshya Sen sails into the All England Open 2022 final after defeating Lee Zii Jia 21-13, 12-21, 21-19. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand goes down Chinese pair of Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu in the semifinals.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 20, 2022 1:36:10 am
Lakshya Sen advances to the final. Doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand go down.

All England Open 2022, Day 4 Highlights:World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen showed nerves of steel as he stunned defending champion Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia to book a maiden final berth in the All England Badminton Championships on Saturday.

In the other match of day, doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand went down Chinese pair of Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu in the semifinals.

The 20-year-old Sen became only the fourth men’s singles player after Prakash Nath, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand to reach the final after outwitting Lee 21-13 12-21 21-19 in a gruelling semifinal match that lasted one hour and 16 minutes. While Padukone (1980) and Gopichand (2001) are the only two Indians to have won the prestigious event, Nath (1947) and women’s singles player Saina Nehwal (2015) had lost in the final.

Sen has been in sensational form in the last six months. He secured his maiden world championships bronze in December, before winning his first Super 500 title at India Open in January and finishing runner-up at the German Open last week.

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All England Open 2022 Day 4: Catch all the highlights from Lakshya Sen vs Lee Zii Jia and Treesa Jolly- Gayatri Gopichand vs Zhang Shu Xian-Zheng Yu.

01:22 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu advance

Nice play by Gayatri and the lead is down to two points. The Indian pair needed this but that's not enough. The fairytale run ends. Gayatri and Jolly goes down in the semis. Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu advance.

01:15 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Scores level

Gayatri and Jolly combining well to snare another point. We are all level at 14-14.

01:04 (IST)20 Mar 2022
A three point lead:

Two quick points and the Indian pair are ahead of the three-point lead.

00:58 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Treesa-Gayatri lose 1st game 21-17

The first match was close for the most part but the Chinese pair snatched away the game towards the end. Treesa-Gayatri lose 1st game 21-17.

00:45 (IST)20 Mar 2022

Really good performance from the Indian pair. They have been up to date at this point of time.

00:39 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Indian pairs are on move!

The Chinese pair can’t handle pressure at the moment. The Indian pair are going strong.

00:34 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Treesa-Gayatri vs Zhang-Zheng -

The Chinese pair gets an early point. 

00:30 (IST)20 Mar 2022
Women’s doubles: 

The players are on the court and it is time for the game to start.

23:36 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Yamaguchi going to the final

A fabulous win for Yamaguchi. This was the second seed at her best, brilliant movement and defence with a generous sprinkling of attacking strokes.

22:59 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Yamaguchi wins first game

Akane Yamaguchi takes the first game against Chen Yu Fei rather easily. She wins 21-11

21:02 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Watch: Lakshya Sen storms into the All England finals
20:54 (IST)19 Mar 2022

Indian player in All England Final history:

1947: Prakash Nath (runner-up)
1980: Prakash Pradukone (champion)
1981: Prakash Pradukone (runner-up)
2001: Pullela Gopichand (champion)
2015: Saina Nehwal (runner-up)


20:47 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya wins

That's it. Lakshya Sen has taken this game. He wins 21-19. What phenomenal fight by the young India. He does not seem to know how to give up. Now his focus will be on the final match. 

20:46 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 20-18 Jia

Now it's 18-18. What a fightback from young Sen. He has just taken this game to Jia and has equalised. What a comeback. And in a flurry he has taken a 2 point lead. Seizing the moment

20:41 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 15-16 Jia

Never say never attitude from Sen as he claws back to make it a 2 point deficit. Two quick points and this is a one-point game now.

20:38 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 12-15 Jia

Aggressive play from Jia and some errors from Lakshya has swung this game in the defending champion's favour. He pushes one very wide but it's still a 3 point gap.

20:33 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 9-11 Jia

Jia moves back ahead. Pretty good anticipation of the game that is helping him in this one. That's a 2 point lead for Jia once again.


20:31 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 9-9 Jia

Lakshya forces an error out of Jia and gets his nose ahead but not for long. Jia gets the equalising point soon after to tie this up once again.

20:29 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 8-8 Jia

Jia looking a bit better from the physical perspective but Lakshya will keep going at him. And the Indian has done it. From a 8-6 deficit, he has brought this back to 8-8. What a match.

20:26 (IST)19 Mar 2022
Lakshya 5-5 Jia

This game is swinging like a pendulum. Jia takes a point and in reply Sen takes another. All square still after a very physical battle.

Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Pullela Gopichand & Sydney Olympian doubles shuttler, PVV Laxmi, decided to play doubles a few seasons ago. In Treesa Jolly she found an attacking partner. (Special arrangement)

All England Open 2022: Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly pull off a famous victory

A day earlier, Treesa Jolly was across the court from her jump-smashing, attacking role model, Indonesian Olympic champion, Arpriyani Rahayu. And in the next 24 hours, she took over the attacking mantle from her hero in women’s doubles at the All England, and rattled Korean World Championship silver medallists Lee Sohee – Shin Seungchuan.

Gayatri Gopichand has always borne the instinctive reflexes at the net – she likes the pace of that eyeball to eyeball position and revels in the confrontation while keeping her poise. Elated just two days back to get an entry into All England, she seamlessly looked the part, holding her nerve and switching serves on a historical day for Indian women’s doubles at All England.

The pair of 19-year-olds took the attack to the World No 2 Koreans, to score an eye-popping 14-21, 22-20, 21-15 victory, making for Friday’s biggest blockbuster at Birmingham. (READ MORE)

Lakshya Sen enters semifinals of All England Championships

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen advanced to the men’s singles semifinals of the All England Championships after his opponent Lu Guang Zu of China gave a walkover on Friday.

The 20-year-old from Almora, who had secured his maiden Super 500 title at India Open in January and then claimed a runners-up finish at the German Open last week, will face the winner of the match between Malaysia’s sixth seed Lee Zii Jia and Japan’s second seed Kento Momota in the last four round.

Fifth seeded Indian pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, however, failed to cross the quarterfinal hurdle losing 22-24 17-21 to Indonesian top seed Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in 47 minutes. (READ MORE)

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