Lakshya Sen, Budding badminton star has clinched his maiden Super 500 title after winning singles of Yonex Sunrise Indian Open after defeating top player Loh Kean Yew of Singapore, the reigning rank 1 of the world badminton.
It was after Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first team from the country to win India’s flagship tournament after toppling three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
Lakshya Sen defeated fifth seeded player Loh Kean in an astonishing game with figures 24-22, 21-17 in summit clash.
Satwik and Chirag showed nerves of steel as the duo saved five game points to overcome the world No. 2 Indonesian pair 21-16 26-24 in 43 minutes.
Going into this match, the two had a 2-2 head-to-head record with Sen losing two of the last three meetings, but the Indian was the better man on show on Sunday as he showed great athleticism, used his attacking shots to good effect and came up with his punched winners from the back at the right moments.
It is Sen’s biggest title of his career. He had won two Super 100 titles — Dutch Open and SaarLorLux Open — besides three international challenge at Belgium, Scotland and Bangladesh in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic came in the way of his progress.
Last year, the youngster made it to the semifinals at Hylo, reached the knockout stage at World Tour Finals on debut before sizzling at the World Championships with a bronze.
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