Treesa-Gayatri bows out from semi-finals as their dream run ends at Singapore Open Badminton


Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand (Treesa-Gayatri) the promising Indian women’s doubles badminton duo, saw their dream run come to an end in the semi-finals of the Singapore Open Super 750. The pair ranked 30th worldwide and lost to the world No. 4 Japanese duo of Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida.

Treesa-Gayatri’s impressive run ends

The match started with the Japanese duo taking control, racing to a 6-2 lead as they capitalized on their precise drop shots. However, the Indian pair refused to give in and mounted a mini-comeback, reducing the deficit to 9-11 at the break. Treesa’s powerful smashes to the body and cross-court, combined with Gayatri’s effective net play, helped them disrupt the Japanese pair’s rhythm and force errors.

The opening game remained closely contested, with both pairs trading points. Treesa and Gayatri showed their resilience by saving two game points, levelling the score at 20-20. However, Shida’s exceptional defensive skills and Matsuyama’s attacking prowess proved crucial, as they clinched the first game 23-21.

The Japanese pair dominated the second game from the start, targeting Gayatri and forcing a series of errors from the Indians, who trailed 2-11 at the interval. Despite their efforts, Treesa and Gayatri couldn’t withstand the relentless assault and rapid pace of Matsuyama and Shida. Gayatri’s game deteriorated, and the Japanese capitalized, winning 21-11 to secure their spot in the final.

Earlier in the tournament, Treesa and Gayatri exhibited their potential by defeating world No. 2 Baek Ha Na and Lee So Hee in the round of 16, followed by a thrilling victory over world No. 6 Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong in the quarterfinals. Their performances in these matches were commendable and showcased their talent on the international stage.

Despite the semi-final loss, Treesa and Gayatri’s journey in the Singapore Open was a significant milestone. They became the first Indian women’s doubles pair to reach the semifinals of Super 750 and Super 1000 tournaments.

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