Treesa-Gayatri becomes first Indian women to reach semis of All England Open: First by a Malayalee in UK (Video) – UKMALAYALEE

Treesa-Gayatri becomes first Indian women to reach semis of All England Open: First by a Malayalee in UK (Video)

Saturday 19 March 2022 10:05 AM UTC

By A Staff Reporter

BIRMINGHAM March 19: India badminton doubles team partners Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly and 20-year-old Lakshya Sen sailed into the semifinals of the prestigious All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Friday.

While 19-year-old Gayatri Gopichand and 18-year-old Treesa Jolly fought back after losing the first set and saved two match points before beating second seeds Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan of Korea 14-21, 22-20, 21-15, Lakshya Sen got a walkover as his quarterfinal opponent Lu Guang Zu pulled out due to a back injury.

The inexperienced girls, kept their nerve at crucial moments of the second and the third games to prevail over the silver medallists at the World Championships.

Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Pullela Gopichand and Sydney Olympian doubles shuttler PVV Laxmi, took a decision a few seasons ago that she wanted to ace doubles, though she was doing reasonably well in singles.

Gayatri was looking for a partner who could play an attacking game from the back-court and Treesa fit the type perfectly. They’re ranked 46 in the world today.

Treesa rains steep smashes from the back of the court while Gayatri is the quick thinker and snappy interceptor at the net. The division of labour is neat and their brute, unrelenting attacks have seen opponents wilting.

Treesa Jolly is from Kannur in Kerala who has been training in Hyderabad for a while now. Treesa is daughter of Jolly Mathew Thaickal from Cherupuzha in Kannur district.

Her father Jolly was working as a physical education teacher at the St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School and used to take volleyball classes at their residence.

Treesa is in the top ten of the latest junior rankings released by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The youngster sits in eighth place in both the singles and doubles category.

Semifinals Schedule for Today (Saturday 19th March 2022)

Morning session (from 10:00 GMT)

Men’s singles – Lakshya Sen (Ind) v Lee Zii Jia (Mas)

Evening session (from 17:00 GMT)

Women’s doubles – Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu (Chn) v Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela

BBC Sport brings you the oldest and most prestigious tournament in badminton with coverage over five days from Arena Birmingham across the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

Saturday, 19 March Semi-finals

10:00-14:30 and 17:00-22:00, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport

10:00-15:00, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website (uninterrupted)

Sunday, 20 March Finals

14:30-17:00, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport

12:00-17:00, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website (uninterrupted)

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