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Scottish Open 2019: Lakshya Sen proves his mettle once again

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Indian badminton prodigy Lakshya Sen again demonstrated his potential by clinching the Scottish Open title with a breathtaking victory over Ygor Coelho of Brazil in the men’s singles finals. This was the youngster’s fourth title in three months.

The top-seeded Indian came from behind to trump his Brazilian opponent 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 in the summit clash that lasted 56-minute on Sunday night.

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And by doing so, Lakshya also joined the company of compatriots Pullela Gopichand (1999), Arvind Bhatt (2004) and Anand Pawar (2010 and 2012) who have all won the Scottish Open title.

The Uttarakhand shuttler now has, to his name, three titles out of the four tournaments that he featured in since September. These include the Dutch Open, SaarLorLux Open, and Belgian International.

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Road to the finals

Lakshya made amends for the loss in the Irish Open’s second round by putting some outstanding performances in Scotland right from the start.

The 18-year-old began his campaign with a straight-game win over Austrian shuttler Luka Wraber before beating compatriot Kiran George in the pre-quarters.

The world no.41 then put up another straight-game victory over sixth-seeded Brian Yang in the quarters before defeating French shuttler Christo Popov in the semifinals.

The win at Scotland will see Lakshya break into the BWF rankings’ top-40. The youngster is inching ever so closer to attaining a direct entry into the top grade 2 events.

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The Final

In the final, Lakshya fell behind early on in the first game before grabbing a 10-8 lead. However, Coelho put six straight points past the Indian to move 14-10 ahead.

Although the Indian kept on returning back in the contest, Coelho made sure that was always ahead before eventually clinching the game 18-21.

Nonetheless, he came all guns blazing in the second by jumping to a 7-0 lead. The Brazilian somehow managed to claw his way back at 17-17. Lakshya, however, managed to bag the contest.

The decider was an evenly-contested affair with both the shuttlers battling hard to gain the lead. With Coelho standing at an 11-8 advantage, resilient Lakshya was always going draw parity before eventually closing the contest 21-19.

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