‘Unhappy’: Lakshya Sen on Prannoy’s re-draw at India Open | Jobs Punch

In January final yr, Lakshya Sen shocked the badminton fraternity with an enormous victory over former world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore to clinch the India Open title. The 21-year-old Indian shuttler had already introduced himself on the grand stage with a bronze on the BWF World Championships in 2021, however Sen turned heads after defeating the Singaporean former World No.1. Later within the yr, he reached the All England closing and in addition introduced glory to the nation with a top-podium end on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham. Nevertheless, Sen’s performances started to say no in the course of the 2022 season; of the 5 BWF tournaments he performed after the CWG of the yr, his greatest efficiency was a quarterfinal end on the Denmark Open.

Sen additionally endured a poor begin to the 2023 Malaysia Open, surviving a first-round exit in opposition to compatriot HS Prannoy in three video games. In truth, the duo have met thrice in six tournaments since final yr’s CWG, with Prannoy profitable twice. So as to add to Sen’s woes, he misplaced in opposition to the in-form 30-year-old Indian shuttler once more on the residence event in Delhi.

Prannoy, who’s at present the no.1 Indian males’s singles participant, reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open final week. However even the senior Indian shuttler couldn’t chorus from speaking about his frequent encounters with Sen when the draw for the India Open was introduced final month. “@lakshya_sen seems to be like Event Software program needs us to play one another in all tournaments. seventh assembly within the final 1 yr, You bought to be kidding me,” Prannoy wrote on his official Twitter account.

Sen known as the bizarre regularity of the draw “pathetic” however insisted the gamers had no alternative however to arrange for such challenges.

“Sure, we have now met many occasions up to now months. Not each time within the first spherical… final yr, it was within the quarterfinals or semi-finals. This time, it isn’t good that we play one another within the first spherical twice per week. We simply must deal with it as one other sport… We’re each within the top-10 and it is okay that we play within the first spherical. That is how the draw goes in each event,” Sen answered a query from Hindustan Occasions On-line throughout a press convention on Monday earlier than the beginning of the India Open.

Throughout his speech, Sen additionally said that the circumstances can be totally different within the India Open and he needs to concentrate on the upcoming encounter in opposition to Prannoy. “The circumstances are totally different right here (in Delhi). This match is totally different and it was a really shut contest final time (in opposition to Prannoy) too. I’ll give my greatest this time,” stated the teenager.

Lakshya eyes title protection

When Sen competed within the India Open final yr, it was a Tremendous 500 occasion; Nevertheless, because the event has been upgraded to the 750 collection, the boys’s singles lineup seems to be stronger with the arrival of top-ranked Viktor Axelsen, who cruised to Malaysia Open victory final week.

Sen is optimistic for his title defence, nonetheless, and the boldness comes from the truth that the younger Indian is one in every of solely three gamers on the circuit to have crushed Axelsen final yr.

“Final yr was my first look within the India Open and I’m very joyful to win the event in my first try. At present’s India Open is a Tremendous 750 occasion and because the defending champion, I’m excited to play my the very best and can attempt to defend my title,” stated the 21-year-old, who began his marketing campaign on Tuesday.

All three Indian males’s shuttlers on the India Open – Sen, Prannoy, and Kidambi Srikkanth — are in Part 1 which additionally consists of Axelsen. The Danish top-ranked participant will face Srikkanth within the first spherical.

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