Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the women’s doubles match between India’s Treesa Jolly/ Gayatri Gopichand and South Korea’s Baek Ha Na/ Lee So Hee at the All England Championship 2023.
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10-16 It took one loose shot from Gayatri for Baek to pounce at the opportunity. Point to the Koreans.
9-13 The Indians have looked a lot better post the break. Gayatri lunges forward to push the shuttle into the other half. Baek senses an opening and thrashes hard into Treesa’s body. An alert Treesa, however, gets it across.
8-13 Lee messes up the return. A misjudgement sees the shuttle clatter into the net.
6-13 Gayatri goes on the offensive. A delectable smash has the Koreans getting into each other’s way.
5-11 Going into the midgame break, the Korean pair look a lot more confident. Their defence has been incredible and Baek, especially, has managed to trouble the Indians with her powerful returns.
5-8 An incredible rally culminates into an Indian point. Initially, it was all about Baek and Treesa until Gayatri joined the party. A couple of “Ooh”s and “Aah”s ring across the venue.
3-7 The Indians take a moment to discuss something. Seconds later, Treesa rains down an unplayable smash down the left of Baek.
1-4 Luck favours the Koreans as Gayatri’s return comes into contact with the net. The Koreans are using the depth of the court to their advantage.
1-2 Lee forces Gayatri into an awkward position and the shuttle cock flies out.
1-0 Treesa and Gayatri claim the first point.
– The warmups are done and we’re good to go.
– Treesa and Gayatri are the first to enter the court. A cry of “C’mon India!” from the stands greets the pair. Baek and Lee follow. TThe Indian pair wins the coin flip and gets to choose the side.
The Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand continued their impressive run, dishing out another superlative performance to advance to their second successive semifinals at the All England Championships on Friday.
The World No. 17 Indian pair looked solid in their defence and relentless in attack, claiming a 21-14, 18-21, 21-12 win over the newly-formed Chinese pair of Li Wen Mei and Liu Xuan Xuan in a 64-minute quarterfinals.
The only Indians in the fray, Gayatri and Treesa will face Korea’s Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee next.
Gayatri and Treesa had reached the semifinals in the last edition as well when they were handed a spot in the main draw at the last moment.
But this time, they entered the draw with a fair amount of experience, having claimed the Commonwealth Games bronze last year and notching up wins over higher-ranked pairs such as world No. 7 Tan Pearly and Thinnah Muralitharan at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championship in February.
The Indian duo had shocked seventh-seeded Thais Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Ravindra Prajongjai and former World No. 1 pair from Japan Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the previous rounds.
In the quarterfinals, Gayatri, 20, and Treesa, 19, were up against Li, who has been World No 9 in the past, and Liu, a former World No 16.
The two pairs have never played each other till date.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH ALL ENGLAND – WOMEN’S DOUBLES SEMIFINALS LIVE?
The semifinal matches start from 3:30 PM IST onwards. The matches will be broadcasted on Sports 18 1 TV channel in India and the same would live streamed on the JioCinema app and BWF TV YouTube channel.