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All-England badminton: Gopichand-Jolly beaten in semis

Last updated on: March 20, 2022 10:35 IST

Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly

IMAGE: The Indian pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly in action during their women’s doubles semi-final at the All-England Badminton Championships. Photograph: All England Badminton/Twitter

The women's doubles pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly bowed out of the All-England Badminton Championships, losing in the semi-finals, at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, on Saturday.

Playing on court No. 6, the Indian duo lost to China's Zhang Shuxian and Zheng Yu 21-17, 21-16, in 51 minutes.

The Chinese pair will meet Japan's Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida in the final.

Earlier, India’s Lakshya Sen stormed into the men's singles final, defeating Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 21-13, 12-21, 21-19 in 76 minutes.

World No. 11 Sen will take on No. 1 Viktor Axelsen. The Indian youngster goes into the contest with a 1-4 head-to-head record.

Sen's lone win against the Danish player was their last meeting at the German Open, where he prevailed 21-13, 12-21, 22-20.

The last Indian to make the singles final at the All-England Championships was Saina Nehwal, in 2015. She ended up runner-up.

Only two Indians have won the tournament before, Prakash Padukone in 1980 and Pullela Gopichand in 2001.