Lakshya Sen

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Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen (cropped).jpg
Sen with his silver medal at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics
Personal information
CountryIndia
Born (2001-08-16) 16 August 2001 (age 20)
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
ResidenceAlmora
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
HandednessRight
CoachYoo Yong-sung
Men's singles
Career title(s)10 title
Highest ranking9 (22 March 2022)
Current ranking10 (14 June 2022)
BWF profile

Lakshya Sen (born 16 August 2001) is an Indian badminton player.[1] Sen is a former world junior no. 1. He has won gold medals at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships in the boys' singles and at the Summer Youth Olympics in the mixed team event. He won the bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships and was runner-up at the 2022 All England Open. Sen was also a part of the Indian team which won the Thomas Cup 2022. Lakshya Sen won the Gold medal at Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham 2022 in Men’s singles Badminton.[2]

Personal life

Sen, Kumaoni Rajput was born in Almora in Uttarakhand. His father, D. K. Sen, is a coach in India and his brother, Chirag Sen, is also an international badminton player.[3]

Career

2016

Having trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Sen had shown his talent as a badminton player at a very young age, and had a brilliant year in the junior badminton circuit in 2016. He clinched the bronze medal at Junior Asian Championship after losing to Sun Feixiang 12-21,16-21. Coincidently, Sen lost to Sun again in the pre-quarters of Junior World Championship 21-17,8-21 and 13-21,His team finished 8th in the team event. Sen also competed in the senior international level and won the men's singles title at the 2016 India International Series tournament.

2017

Sen started the year at Syed Modi International where he lost in the pre-quarters to compatriot Sourabh Verma 14-21,16-21. Sen became the number one junior singles player in BWF World Junior ranking in February 2017.[4] At the Junior Asian Championship, Sen was seeded as no.1 but lost in the pre-quarters to Lin Chun-yi 21-13,23-25 and 20-22. Sen reached the Quarter-finals of Vietnam Open before losing to Kodai Naraoka 21-17,21-23 and 10-21. Sen was seeded as no.2 at the Junior World Championship but in the Quarter-finals, he again lost to Kodai Naraoka 21-14,17-21,14-21.

2018

Sen (left) with Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in July 2018.

Sen defeated Cheam June Wei a much higher ranked player than him 21-11,21-16 in straight games at the New Zealand Open but lost to 2 time Olympic gold medallist and seed no.1 Lin Dan 21-15,15-21 and 12-21. At the Australian Open, He lost to seed no.7 Lee Cheuk Yiu 20-22,21-13 and 19-21. Sen emerged as the champion at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships defeating the top seeded World Junior No. 1 Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final 21-19,21-18.[5]

At the Hyderabad Open, Sen lost to seed no. 8 Heo Kwang-hee 13-21 and 12-21. Sen defeated seed no.2 Sitthikom Thammasin 21-14,21-19 in the pre-quarters of 2018 Bangka Belitung Indonesia Masters but lost to seed no.7 Lin Yu-hsien 21-12,20-21 and 14-21 in the Quater-finals.

Sen participated at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics as the fourth seeded. He settled for boys' singles silver medal after losing to Chinese player Li Shifeng in straight games 15–21, 19–21.[6] He also competed in the mixed team event, and helped team Alpha win the gold medal.[7]

Sen clinched the bronze medal at the BWF Junior World Championships after losing to the eventual champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the semi-finals 22-20,16-21,13-21.

2019

Sen won the Belgian International tournament by beating Victor Svendsen 21-14 and 21-15. Sen clinched his first BWF Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles title after beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan. The Dutch Open is a BWF Tour Super 100 tournament. In November 2019, he won the SaarLorLux Open which is a BWF Tour Super 100 tournament held in Saarbrücken, Germany. He defeated China's Weng Hongyang in the final to claim the title.[8]

He won the men's singles title in the 2019 Scottish Open in November, with a victory against Brazilian Ygor Coelho.[9]

2020

Sen was a member of the Indian team which clinched the bronze medal at 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships.

Sen reached the 2nd round of 2020 All England Open which was his 1st ever BWF Super 1000 Tournament before losing to the champion and world no.1 Viktor Axelsen 17-21 and 18-21. He lost to Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-15,7-21 and 15-21 in 2nd round of the 2020 Denmark Open. Sen was seeded as no.2 at 2020 SaarLorLux Open but withdrew due to an injury. The Covid-19 Pandemic restricted him to play any more international BWF Tournaments in the year.

2021

In December, he reached the World Championships semifinals where he lost to compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in a hard fought match 21–17, 14–21, 17–21 and settled for a bronze medal.[10]

2022

In January, he defeated the reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew in the India Open final, thus clinching his first Super 500 title. He defeated Loh in two straight games 24–22, 21–17.[11] In the German Open, Lakshya defeated World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in the semifinals, but lost the finals to Kunlavut Vitidsarn. He then defeated [12] World No. 3 Anders Antonsen and World No. 7 Lee Zii Jia to reach the finals of the 2022 All England Open. He lost the finals to Viktor Axelsen 10-21, 15-21.[13][14] He subsequently withdrew from the Swiss Open, as he was tired after playing 2 back-to-back BWF tournaments finals.[15] Lakshya Sen was part of the Indian men's team for Thomas Cup 2022. The team went on to win the Thomas Cup by beating Indonesia 3-0, with Sen winning his match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, 8-21 21-17 21-16. He became Commonwealth champion at 2022 Commonwealth Games by defeating Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia in the final.

Achievements

World Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2021 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain India Srikanth Kidambi 21–17, 14–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2022 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England Malaysia Ng Tze Yong 19–21, 21–9, 21–16 Gold Gold

Youth Olympic Games

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina China Li Shifeng 15–21, 19–21 Silver medal.svg Silver

World Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Markham Pan Am Centre, Markham, Canada Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 22–20, 16–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze

Asia Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 CPB Badminton Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand China Sun Feixiang 12–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze
2018 Jaya Raya Sports Hall Training Center, Jakarta, Indonesia Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–19, 21–18 Gold Gold

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[16] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[17]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Dutch Open Super 100 Japan Yusuke Onodera 15–21, 21–14, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 China Weng Hongyang 17–21, 21–18, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 India Open Super 500 Singapore Loh Kean Yew 24–22, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 German Open Super 300 Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 18–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 All England Open Super 1000 Denmark Viktor Axelsen 10–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF International Challenge/Series (7 titles, 3 runners-up)

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 India International Series Malaysia Lee Zii Jia 11–13, 11–3, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Bulgarian Open Croatia Zvonimir Đurkinjak 18–21, 21–12, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 India International Series Malaysia Chong Yee Han 21–15, 17–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Tata Open India International Thailand Sitthikom Thammasin 21–15, 14–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Tata Open India International Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–15, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Polish Open Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 17–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Belgian International Denmark Victor Svendsen 21–14, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Scottish Open Brazil Ygor Coelho 18–21, 21–18, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Bangladesh International Malaysia Leong Jun Hao 22–20, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Dutch Open Singapore Loh Kean Yew 12–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

BWF Junior International (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Boys' singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Swiss Junior International India B. M. Rahul Bharadwaj 11–5, 11–6, 6–11, 11–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 India Junior International India Chirag Sen 21–18, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 German Junior International Chinese Taipei Lee Chia-hao 21–19, 11–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Junior International Grand Prix tournament
  BWF Junior International Challenge tournament
  BWF Junior International Series tournament
  BWF Junior Future Series tournament

Career overview

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR Best
Result Year
World Championships DNQ NH B Q 0/1 B '21
Asian Championships DNQ NH 1R 0/1 1R '22
Level 1 – BWF World Tour Finals
BWF World Tour Finals DNQ SF 0/1 SF '21
Level 2 – BWF World Tour Super 1000
All England Open A 2R QF F 0/3 F '22
Indonesia Open A NH 1R 1R 0/2 1R '21, '22
China Open A NH 0/0 A
Level 3 – BWF World Tour Super 750
Malaysia Open A NH A 0/0 A
Japan Open A NH Q 0/0 A
Denmark Open A 2R 2R 0/2 2R '20, '21
French Open A NH QF 0/1 QF '21
Fuzhou China Open A NH 0/0 A
Level 4 – BWF World Tour Super 500
India Open A NH W 1/1 W '22
Korea Open A NH 2R 0/1 2R '22
Thailand Open A NH A 0/0 A
Indonesia Masters NH A Q1 2R QF 0/3 QF '22
Malaysia Masters A Q1 NH A 0/1 Q1 '20
Singapore Open A NH A 0/0 A
Hong Kong Open A NH 0/0 A
Level 5 – BWF World Tour Super 300
Syed Modi International 3R A 2R NH w/d 0/2 3R '17
Spain Masters NA A Q1 A NH 0/1 Q1 '19
German Open A NH F 0/1 F '22
Swiss Open A NH 1R w/d 0/1 1R '21
Korea Masters A NH A 0/0 A
Taipei Open A NH A 0/0 A
U.S. Open A 2R NH 0/1 2R '19
Macau Open A NH 0/0 A
Hylo Open A W w/d SF 1/2 W '19
Australia Open A 1R Q2 NH 0/2 1R '18
New Zealand Open A 2R 1R NH 0/2 2R '18
Thailand Masters A NH 0/0 A
Level 6 – BWF World Tour Super 100
Odisha Open NA NH A 0/0 A
Orléans Masters NA A 1R NH A 0/1 1R '19
Akita Masters NA A NH 0/0 A
Vietnam Open 3R A NH 0/1 3R '17
Canada Open A 2R NH 0/1 2R '19
Indonesia Masters Super 100 NA QF A NH 0/1 QF '18
Dutch Open A W NH NA 1/1 W '19
Hyderabad Open NA 2R 1R NH NA 0/2 2R '18
Lingshui China Masters NA A SF NH 0/1 SF '19
Russian Open A w/d NH 0/0 A
Year-end ranking 87 109 32 27 17 9
Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR Best

Record against selected opponents

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi finalists, and Olympic quarter finalists. Accurate as of 2 July 2022.

References

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