Within the brief span of his worldwide profession, Lakshya Sen has impressed everybody along with his ardour, grit, and dedication, which led to him profitable many accolades for the nation and the teen continued the identical, when he gave India a 1-0 lead within the Thomas Cup remaining towards Indonesia on Sunday in Bangkok.
It was Sen, who started India’s maiden Thomas Cup remaining tie on the Impression Enviornment by taking over world No 4 and Tokyo 2020 bronze winner Anthony Ginting.
The World Championship bronze winner, Sen went into the match with a 1-0 head-to-head benefit, having crushed Ginting on the German Open in March. Nonetheless, the 20-year-old Indian had solely gained as soon as within the ongoing Thomas Cup and misplaced thrice. The younger Indian went toe-to-toe with the Indonesian within the early exchanges, however Ginting switched gears to win 12 straight factors and pocket the opening recreation with ease in simply 17 minutes.
Within the second recreation, the momentum was with Ginting, who was working on the extra beneficial aspect of the courtroom, enjoying towards the drift, and brimming with confidence however India’s top-ranked participant, Sen responded properly and upped his tempo and assault to win the second recreation and drive a decider.
Regardless of trailing within the opening half of the third recreation, Lakshya dug deep to churn out some good winners and matched Ginting’s immaculate web recreation. Sen, who’s ranked 9 within the badminton world rankings, finally prevailed 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 to place India forward within the tie.
After scoring the primary level of the tie, Sen was delighted and devoted the win to the staff.
“I used to be going to play from the higher finish within the final 11 factors of the sport, so I used to be actually pumped up. I’m completely happy that I pulled out a win within the third recreation. Within the closing levels, I used to be actually nervous and I used to be making an attempt to manage it with deep breaths,” the shuttler stated.
“This one is for the staff, they’ve been backing me by means of my dangerous performances, or once I performed properly and couldn’t get a win. I’m completely happy that I pulled out the primary level for the staff,” he added.
In latest instances, Lakshya has been in sensational type however his journey wasn’t simple. Born in Almora, a cantonment city in Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand, the shuttler has confronted varied trials and tribulations whereas chasing his dream of constructing it massive in badminton.
Coming from a badminton household – his grandfather was a national-level participant, father D Okay Sen is a senior coach with Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru, and brother Chirag Sen is a participant and was ranked World No. 2 in Junior Rankings in 2016 – Lakshya was a profitable junior participant who’s now blazing a path within the senior circuit.
The primary massive change in Lakshya’s life got here in 2013 when his father DK Sen took him to the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru to coach underneath U Vimal Kumar and Prakash Padukone. That helped him carve a path to the highest of the junior circuit, changing into World’s No 1 junior participant in 2017.
The transition from a high junior participant to success within the senior circuit has proved a bottleneck for a lot of gamers and Lakshya, too, was getting slowed down by the tribulations when he had a brief stint on the academy run by Danish legend Morten Frost. They labored on his power and stamina, making Lakshya realise methods to summon the final little bit of power to execute the subsequent smash even when the physique was unwilling to go on.
Lakshya, who had a superb 12 months in 2018 profitable bronze at World Junior Championships, gold at Asian Juniors and gold in blended staff and silver in males’s singles at Youth Olympic Video games in Buenos Aires, made a profitable entry profitable a few Tremendous 100 titles.
He tremendously benefited from a two-week coaching stint with Olympic Champion Viktor Axelsen in August 2021. Axelsen had invited Lakshya together with Loh Kean Yew of Singapore, the present World Champion, Brian Yang of Canada, Toby Penty of Denmark, and Felix Burestedt of Sweden to coach with him in Dubai. Lakshya later stated he realized rather a lot about coaching strategies, strengthening and conditioning throughout that stint.
It’s that stint with Axelsen which has finally put Lakshya heading in the right direction to his latest success.