Treesa-Gayatri stun World No.6 to enter the semi-finals of the Singapore Open


In the Singapore Open 2024, the Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand (Treesa-Gayatri) continued as they reached the semi-finals, marking a significant milestone in their badminton careers.

Treesa-Gayatri’s impressive performance

Treesa and Gayatri, currently ranked 30th in the world, faced off against the world No. 6 pair, Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong, in the quarter-finals. Despite being underdogs, the Indian duo showcased their skills and determination, coming from a game down to secure a thrilling victory.

The match was a nail-biter, with Treesa and Gayatri losing the first game 18-21. However, they bounced back in the second game, trailing 12-18 before scripting a stellar turnaround. They won five points in a row to reduce the deficit to one point at 17-18, before levelling up at 19-19. With the momentum on their side, they won the next two points to force a decider.

In the deciding game, Treesa and Gayatri asserted dominance early on. Despite playing from the unfavourable side of the court, they managed to open up a slender 11-9 lead before the final change of ends. They mixed up their shots and were unafraid of longer rallies, staying patient to win points.

Their victory over the sixth seed comes just a day after Treesa-Gayatri shocked world No. 2 Baek Ha Na and Lee So Hee in the Round of 16. This was a major victory for India who had their players get knocked out in the early phase of the tournament.

Treesa and Gayatri’s spirited run raises hope for India who already have a world-class duo of Satwik/Chirag in the men’s discipline. The Indian duo will face the winner between Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shifa of Japan and Apriyani Rahayu/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti of Indonesia in the semi-final.

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