Indian badminton prodigy Lakshya Sen clinched his second consecutive BWF World Tour Super 100 title with a breathtaking victory over Chinese shuttler Weng Hong Yang in the SaarLorLux Open final on Sunday.
With an eighth seeding, Lakshya took close to an hour to trump Weng 17-21 21-18 21-16 in the thrilling finale to bag the season’s third successive singles title.
Earlier in the season, he had won the Belgian International challenge followed by the Dutch Open Super Tour 100. The youngster had also gone on to reach the finals of the 2019 Polish Open.
Sen, who has been an Asian Junior champion and a silver-medalist at the Youth Olympics, continues his impressive rise in the world badminton.
With the victory, Lakshya will break into the top 50 once the BWF rankings are released on Tuesday. He is currently ranked 51 in the world.
Brilliant comeback win by @lakshya_sen over Chinese Hong Yang to win the Saar Lor Lux Super 100. This is Lakshya’s third straight tournament win after Belgium and Holland Super 100 and he will now storm into the Top 50 in the world. So proud to support Lakshya @OGQ_India pic.twitter.com/sq0NEPMjV9
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) November 3, 2019
The 18-year-old Uttarakhand-resident was entering the final with a 1-2 head-to-head record against the Chinese shuttler. However, that had little bearing on the rally, with Sen getting off to a good start with a 14-11 lead.
Although Yang did give a fight towards the end, the Indian got the job done and won the first game. Yang made a stunning return in the second game, winning by 21-18 in another close encounter.
The Chinese shuttler leapt to a 5-7 lead. Sen equalized the score 10-10 only for Weng to move to a 16-13 lead. However, a resilient Lakshya then pushed the gas pedal in full force to reel off the remaining eight points, leaving his rival stranded.
After his triumph in the SaarLorLux, Lakshya is expected to participate in a couple of International Challenge events viz., the Irish Open (November 13-16) and Scottish Open (Nov 21-24). He will then be seen in action in the Syed Modi International Super 300 that will begin from November 26 until December 1.