Lakshya Sen crashes out after getting defeated by world no. 9 Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles semifinal game at the Japan Open Super 750 on Saturday at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Lakshya, the reigning Canada Open winner, was defeated 12-21, 21-13, 16-21 in a 68-minute fight. In the initial match, the world no. 13 Indian shuttler got off to a good start, leading 11-9 at the break after taking advantage of Christie’s errors.
Christie appeared as a different player after the break, dictating the match with spectacular net technique and smashes. The Indonesian shuttler also pushed Lakshya to the court’s edge, causing the Indian’s strokes to miss.
Christie, the Indonesia Masters champion, allowed Lakshya to prevail in the match by taking only one point out of the remaining 13 points after the half.
In the second match, Lakshya Sen outplayed Christie with a strong defense. The Indian scored points by blocking shots and providing crosses with easy flicks.
Lakshya was again outstanding with flat spinning smashes, arriving just ahead of Christie as he cruised to a 9-4 lead and pushed it to 11-4 at the half. Lakshya pushed the decision with superior defense, determination to maintain control of the net, and booming smashes, winning the second match 21-13.
He continued his pace in the decisive to grab a 2-1 lead. Christie did not waste time mounting a comeback. he quickly broke away for an 11-7 advantage at the half. Christie continued to trouble Lakshya after the break with his superior command at the net and deft shuttle placements. Add to that his eagerness to move Lakshya closer to the court’s edge, which netted him important points.
Lakshya’s departure, brought an end to India’s participation in the 2023 Japan Open.