Commonwealth Games bronze medalists, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, demonstrated their prowess in women’s doubles badminton at the 2023 Hong Kong Open. The dynamic Indian duo secured their spot in the Round of 16 with an impressive performance at the Hong Kong Coliseum.
Facing off against the formidable pairing of Debora Jille and Cheryl Seinen, Gopichand and Jolly initially found themselves trailing 4-7 in the opening exchanges of the match. However, their tenacity shone through as they managed to level the scores at 8-8, eventually clinching the first game and taking a crucial 1-0 lead in the contest. The second game proved to be a closely contested affair, but the Indian duo conceded eight of the final 11 points.
In the decisive third game, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly mounted a remarkable comeback, surging ahead with an 11-7 lead at halftime. They maintained their advantage as they switched ends and ultimately advanced to the round of 16 with a final scoreline of 21-15, 16-21, 21-16. The hard-fought victory showcased their skill and determination.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles category, none of the five Indian players managed to reach the preliminary round. Kiran George, ranked 39th in the world, kickstarted his qualifying campaign with a convincing 21-15, 21-17 win over world No. 41 Chi Yu Jen from Chinese Taipei. In the women’s singles, Asian Games-bound Malvika Bansod secured her spot in the main draw with a 21-14, 11-10 victory over Thailand’s Pitchamon Opatniputh. The Indian contingent continues to showcase their talent on the international badminton stage, with Gopichand and Jolly leading the way in the women’s doubles event at the Hong Kong Open 2023.
Re-reported from the article originally published in The InsideSports