Lakshya sen, a twenty years old shuttler created history after securing a medal at World Championships. He will be facing Kadambi srikanth in Semi Finals here. Meanwhile PV sindhu missed podium finish after defeat from Tai Tzu Ying by 17-21, 13-21 in the women’s singles quarterfinal. Later on Friday, HS Prannoy lost to Loh Kean Yew of Singapore 14-21, 12-21.
Lakshya sen was a leftout who missed a ticket to Indian Team has now secured a medal and that’s not less than a dream come true for the 20 yrs old.
In the quarterfinals at Huelva, Lakshya registered a 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 win over Zhao Jun Peng of China. The manner in which he won the last five points with four power-packed smashes was a delight to watch.
Srikanth had earlier outclassed Mark Caljouw of The Netherlands 21-8, 21-7. “I wish Lakshya would win,” Srikanth said after the match and Lakshya did not disappoint him.
Srikanth conceded just 15 points as he trounced Caljouw in 26 minutes. The victory will end a four-year drought for Srikanth. The 28-year-old’s form suffered after he won four Super Series titles in 2017 and became world No.1 in 2018. He was out of action for many weeks and failed to qualify for the Olympics.
But he practised hard and played well in the last few tournaments. “I told myself that I had to be in the match and not give my opponent easy points or a big lead. I just wanted to be very focused throughout. That really helped me a lot,” Srikanth said. “I am tired physically. I am happy to reach this stage. I only thought about the first round because I faced Pablo. From there I took it match by match,” he added.
PV sindhu once again fell short to climb the Tai Hurdle and registered her defeat for 15 time in 20 Faceoffs. “It was not my day,” Sindhu said. “It was close but in the second game at 12-all, I gave her four-five points. I think I took a break there. With Tai Tzu there are no easy points. A bit sad that I was not able to win a medal here,” Sindhu added.
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