- Lakshya Sen won the Men’s single’s crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger Cup at Dhaka on Sunday.
- He defeated Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hoa 22-20, 21-18 in two straight games.
- Lakshya Sen has won five titles in the last seven tournaments.
Lakshya Sen beat Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hoa (22-20, 21-18) in straight games to win the Men’s single’s crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger Cup (BICC), Dhaka on Sunday. The 18-year-old did not drop a single game in the five matches he played.
The young Indian shuttler’s win in Bangladesh puts the cherry on top of the cake in 2019. Sen has won five titles in the last seven tournaments. A delighted Sen tweeted:
Happy to end the year on a winning note with my 5th international title here in Bangladesh!! Hope to continue my good form in the next year 2020.
Like to thank all my sponsors @OGQ_India @Herbalifeindia @YonexInd @Sports_PDCSE @ppba @bai_media pic.twitter.com/giahtislEC
— Lakshya Sen (@lakshya_sen) December 15, 2019
The shuttler began his campaign with 21-5, 21-10 win over fellow Indian Rajesh Verma in the first round. He then outplayed Malaysian player MD Tah M Ziyad 21-13, 21-6 in the second round before beating Soleh Ali Sadikin 21-17, 21-9.
In the fourth round, the boy from Uttarakhand beat Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia 21-9, 21-11 to seal his spot in the semi-finals.
He faced some resistance from Indonesian Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay in the semi-finals but overcame him with ease. He won 21-18, 21-16 in 47 minutes and sealed a meet with Leong Jun Hoa.
Sen won his first title in 2019 at the Belgian International in September. He then went on to win the Dutch Open Super 100 and SarrLorLux Super in October.
In November, the young prodigy won the Scottish Open.
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Among other Indians, men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kalipa lost in the finals to Yee Jun Chang and Kai Wun Tee 21-19, 21-16.
Maneesha K and Rutaparna Panda had a close fight against top-seeded Malaysian pair Tan Pearly Koong Le and Thinaah Muralitharan.
However, they lost 22-20, 21-19 and settled for a runner-up place on the podium. Earlier in the women’s singles semifinals, Samiya Imad Farooqui lost to USA’s Crystal Pan 21-13, 21-13.
MR Arjun and Maneesha K lost in the Mixed doubles semifinals 21-13, 21-13 to Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See.