Treesa-Gayatri upset World No.2 to enter the Quater Finals of the Singapore Open


In a thrilling turn of events at the Singapore Open, the rising Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand (Treesa-Gayatri) pulled off a major upset by defeating the world number two South Korean duo, Baek Ha Na and Lee So Hee.

Treesa-Gayatri’s dominance

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallists, Treesa and Gayatri, ranked 30th in the world, secured their victory with scores of 21-9, 14-21, 21-15 in a match lasting nearly an hour. This victory marks the Indian duo’s first win against the world number two Korean pair in their three encounters.

The match started with Treesa and Gayatri dominating the first game. They led 18-9 before easily taking the game. However, they struggled with unforced errors in the second game, allowing their opponents to level the match.

The decisive third game saw both pairs exchanging powerful smashes, remaining tied at 8-all before Treesa and Gayatri gained a slight edge at the mid-game break. Demonstrating their aggression, the Indian pair then scored six consecutive points, extending their lead to 16-9 and ultimately securing a memorable victory.

This victory is particularly significant as it comes against a highly ranked and experienced pair. Baek Ha Na and Lee So Hee are renowned players on the international circuit, and their defeat at the hands of the relatively new Indian pair shows the latter’s talent and potential.

The win has also ensured Treesa and Gayatri’s progression to the quarterfinals of the Singapore Open. They will be up against another South Korean pair – sixth seed Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong. The Indian duo had lost to the Korean pair at the Hangzhou Asian Games pre-quarterfinals last year.

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