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Lakshya Sen makes a habit of being a giant-killer


The return from Lee Zii Jia was huge. Lakshya Sen threw his racket up in the air. It was throughout. He was by means of to the boys’s singles ultimate of the All-England badminton championship.

No Indian had reached there since Pullela Gopichand did in 2001. That makes Lakshya’s 21-13, 12-21, 21-19 win within the semifinal in opposition to the defending champion from Malaysia much more vital.

The 20-year-old from Almora (Uttarakhand) has been in some glowing kind this 12 months and has made a habit of killing giants like Lee, the World No. 7. At the All-England championship, he had shocked World No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight units to achieve the quarterfinals.

In January this 12 months, Lakshya, ranked eleventh on the planet, had shocked the reigning World champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore to win the Indian Open at New Delhi. Then on the German Open he shocked the World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark within the semifinals. Earlier on within the event at Mulheim, he had additionally shocked the World No. 5, Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.

Lakshya, nevertheless, had misplaced within the ultimate to Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. That was a week in the past.

Later this afternoon on the All-England ultimate, he would really feel assured in opposition to Axelsen, having crushed him in Germany. But he can even remember that the Dane might be thirsty for revenge.

If Lakshya has the final snort on the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, he’ll grow to be solely the third Indian to be topped champion on the world’s oldest badminton event. It is taken into account the Wimbledon of badminton and had additionally been recognised because the unofficial World championship till 1997.

The first Indian to triumph there was Prakash Padukone, the person who revolutionised the game in India, in 1980. Then 21 years later, Gopichand turned the second Indian to be topped champion on the All England Open championship.

Badminton might not be the most well-liked sport in India, however certainly many from this nation might be following the ultimate on this Sunday afternoon to search out out if Lakshya might grow to be the third Indian champion on the All England Open. Of course, with the emergence of world class performers like Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, the sport is now extra standard than it was ever earlier than, however you want spectacular reveals just like the one Lakshya is placing out now to make sure the sport stays in focus and encourage children to take up the sport.

Lakshya, son of badminton coach D.Ok. Sen, had proven promise from early on in his profession. After profitable the boys’ singles bronze on the Asian junior championship in 2016, he upgraded his medal to gold two years later in the identical occasion.

Lakshya had arrived.

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