Lakshya Sen stuns world no 3 Antonsen to enter All England quarterfinals | Badminton News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen shocked world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight video games to progress to the boys’s singles quarterfinals of the All England Championships on Thursday.
The 20-year-old from Almora, who had claimed his maiden Tremendous 500 title at India Open in January after which reached the finals of German Open final week, notched up an upset 21-16 21-18 win over third seed Antonsen, a two-time medallist at World Championships in 2019 Basel and 2021 Huelva respectively.
It was their first assembly on the worldwide stage.
Sen will face both Hong Kong’s eighth seed Ng Ka Lengthy Angus or China’s Lu Guang Zu within the quarter-final.
Earlier, India ace Saina Nehwal produced a gallant struggle earlier than taking place to second seed Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in an exciting three-game match within the second spherical.
Former world No. 1 Saina, the London Olympics bronze medallist, misplaced 14-21 21-17 17-21 world No. 2 Yamaguchi in a 50-minute girls’s singles conflict.
It was a a lot improved efficiency from the Indian, who had misplaced in straight video games to Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon at German Open final week.
Sen gave amply show of his tactical acumen as he dished out a defensive sport and saved Antonsen away from the web to guide 11-9 on the first break. He saved issues in his grip after the interval to maneuver to a 13-9 benefit and maintained the result in pocket the opening sport.
Sen saved his clears near the baseline and tried to make use of his smashes judiciously to leap to a 9-5 lead early on earlier than grabbing a four-point benefit on the breather.
Antonsen fought his means again to 14-14, using on six factors on the trot. The duo moved 14-14 to 16-16 earlier than Sen managed to eke out a two-point lead at 18-16.
He saved his nerves and unleased a cross courtroom smash to seize three match factors. Antonsen saved one after an thrilling rally however the Indian shut the door subsequent to make it to the final 8.

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