India’s problem within the males’s singles class on the India Open 2023 ended on Thursday as ace shuttler Lakshya Sen crashed out within the second spherical to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in a three-match thriller. The Danish World No.20 defeated Sen 16-21, 21-15, 21-18 on the KD Jadhav Indoor Corridor in Delhi, thus ending the Indian’s hopes for a podium end within the males’s singles.
Earlier, HS Prannoy was crushed by Sen in an all-Indian first-round match, whereas Kidambi Srikanth additionally confronted an opening-round exit by the hands of World No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.
Sen made a robust begin to the match, making a collection of attacking photographs early on to take an 11-9 lead into the primary mid-game break. Lakshya’s technique of enjoying Danish Gemke near the web labored nicely as he gained the primary sport 21-15. Altering ends, Gemke made a robust comeback to degree the match within the second spherical.
Gemke continued his momentum within the deciding sport, racing to an 8-1 lead earlier than Lakshya staged a superb comeback, taking 5 factors in a row to shut in on the Danish star shuttler. Regardless of a collection of unforced errors by the Indian shuttler, the match remained tight when at 19-18, Gemke took two straight factors to seal a spot within the quarterfinals.
Gemke will now face compatriot Viktor Axelsen, who defeated YQ Shi in three video games.
Lakshya thus didn’t defend his India Open title and the Indian shuttler regretted the misplaced alternatives after the defeat.
“The beginning of the third set was very disappointing. Reducing 1-8 will not be acceptable. I ought to have rested. I had performed nicely to cowl up the sport, however in the entire sport, I stored masking up,” stated Lakshya within the combined zone after the sport.
“Only a few choices right here and there value me. May have performed a bit braver. There have been some foolish errors within the third sport. I lined nicely however may have finished higher.
“It was a bit tough to take as a result of I used to be shut. I felt actually dangerous in regards to the final level,” stated the Indian shuttler.