File photograph of Lakshya Sen.© AFP
World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen ended the summit conflict of the German Open Tremendous 300 badminton event in Muelheim an der Ruhr on Sunday with a straight-game loss to Thailand’s rising star Kunlavut Wittidsern. The 20-year-old Sen, who gained his maiden Tremendous 500 title on the India Open in January, went down 18-21, 15-21 in 57 minutes to three-time world junior champion Vitidsern within the last match. World No. 12 Sen got here into the match with a 3-3 one-on-one file towards Twentieth-ranked Vitidsern, who had defeated Thais of their final assembly on the Hylo Open final 12 months.
In a battle of equals, Sen and Vitidsern matched one another in tempo on the rallies and held a 4–4 lead earlier than the Thai rode on their variations and deceit to take an 11–6 lead on the break.
Sen picked up his tempo and took management of the web to make it 15-16, however a cautious Vitidsern managed to seize two recreation factors with an overhead cross-court drop. Sen wanted medical consideration for a blister in his leg whereas the Thai participant got here up with a cross court docket smash to win the opening recreation.
The grueling semi-final towards Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen took a toll on Sen as Vitidsern took an 11-5 lead after switching sides earlier than taking a 7-3 lead within the second recreation.
The Indian once more wanted the physician’s consideration as he made his comeback with 4 straight factors, however Vitidsern managed to advance to 19-15 after which take 5 match factors earlier than sealing the match within the second recreation and on the primary spot. For.
Sen had gained two Tremendous 100 titles – the Dutch Open and the SaarLorLux Open – in 2019 along with three worldwide challenges in Belgium, Scotland and Bangladesh, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic obtained in the best way of his progress.
Final 12 months, the teenager made it to the semi-finals at Hylo, scorching with a bronze medal on the World Championships earlier than reaching the knockout stage on the World Tour Finals.
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