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Lakshya Sen: The New Wizard Of Badminton

Rashmi Kaslikar

February 7th, 2017

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Only last week, Lakshya Sen impressed the world by attaining the number one spot in the BWF junior rankings. But it seems like this badminton ace is not ready to settle and is hungry for more. He seems to be possessed by the game. A debutant of the Senior National Badminton Championship, he is creating ripples in the tournament and taking everyone by surprise with his stunning brilliance and hold over the sport.

A debutant of the Senior National Badminton Championship, he is creating ripples in the tournament and taking everyone by surprise with his stunning brilliance and hold over the sport.

In the much-awaited finals, the 15-year-old will have a clash with Sourabh Verma, former National Champion on 7th February.

His no-nonsense approach and disregard of opponent’s reputation combined with his ability to handle pressure has helped him storm into the finals of the men’s singles competition stupefying strong contenders like H.S. Prannoy and Harsheel Dani.

Playing his first National match on Sunday, this young lad gave H.S. Prannoy, the top seed of Petroleum a tough fight winning the match by a close 15-21,21- 18,21-19 to enter the quarterfinals.

A huge pressure had built up in the first set with Prannoy throwing powerful lashes from the backcourt and winning the set with a margin. But Lakshya did not let go and gave back a tough fight. With his strong defence and cross-court smashes he grabbed the next two games for a sensational win.

Monday, 6th February, again saw two more outstanding efforts by Lakshya to reserve his place in the finals. He smashed Daniel Farid in three games with the score of 21-11, 19-21, 21-19 to victory. The next match was with Maharashtra’s Harsheel Dani. But Lakshya’s tactical net play and clean, accurate strokes awarded him a straight two-set win 21-12, 21-13.

Lakshya Sen is by far known to perform very well under pressure. His level of calmness, excellence, and confidence at this young age is exceptional. With no doubt, he is showing signs of a true legend.

He is on the path of becoming the wizard of Badminton after Prakash Padukone and Pulela Gopichand. Given his skills and dedication, he might even break their records to set new ones. He is now only a win away to become the youngest senior National Champion- a master stroke previously achieved by Prakash Padukone. Winning the Junior and Senior Nationals in the same year will be a new, first-time record altogether!

India stays tuned for the most anticipated match of the tournament! We wish all the luck to both!

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