India already open, Lakshya Sen motivated to win more titles –

Badminton News: India’s rising men’s singles star Lakshya Sen is motivated to play more tournaments this season after winning the men’s singles title at the India Open on Sunday.

Lakshya Sen beat world champion Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in 54 minutes to win his first Super 500 title at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi. The men’s singles final brought together two world championship medalists for the fifth time.

“It feels good to win a tournament in India which is also my first Super 500 title. And now I am motivated to play more tournaments this season,” Lakshya Sen told ANI.

Sen, who won a bronze medal at his first world championships last month, was the first out of the block as he brilliantly controlled the rally and put Loh under pressure.

He quickly led 16-9 and although Loh was starting to find his rhythm, the Indian seemed to be in complete control as he had a five-point lead at 19-14. But the world champion wasn’t going to give up so easily and he turned the Indian around by collecting six points in a row to earn a game point. Sen saved two, wasted one but kept his composure to snatch the second, and changed course with a definite advantage.

“When he gets match points, I make sure I don’t make mistakes and don’t rush to get points. I also want to keep driving and play at a fast pace,” he said. Explain.

Lakshya Sen now has a 3-2 lead in the head-to-head against the Singaporean.

“Before I faced Loh Kean, all I thought about was winning the Indian Open, one-on-one and everything else to come,” Sen said and added, “I had good pace of last season before entering the Indian Open.”

“Results like this motivate you and give you confidence,” said the 20-year-old. Let’s talk about this season and its preparations.

“I will be aiming for the All England and German Open to perform well. And a few tournaments before the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.”

Speaking about the 2022 Indian Open, which this year will be held behind closed doors at KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi, Sen said: “It’s great when I get on the podium and it would be great if the crowd were there. .”

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