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India Open: Lakshya Sen downs Loh Kean Yew to win World Tour 500 title on debut

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 06:55 PM IST

Lakshya Sen of India in action. | Photo: Twitter
Lakshya Sen of India in action. | Photo: Twitter
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India's Lakshya Sen defeated world champion Loh Kean Yew to win the India Open men's singles title in New Delhi on Sunday. It was Sen's debut in the competition and his first win in the World Tour 500 category.

The 20-year-old Sen, who had claimed his maiden world championships medal with a bronze in Spain last month, produced a fine performance to outshine the fifth seeded shuttler 24-22 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted 54 minutes.

In a repeat of last year's Dutch Open final, the Indian ensured that he had the last laugh this time around.

Going into this match, the two had a 2-2 head-to-head record with Sen losing two of the last three meetings, but the Indian was the better man on show on Sunday as he showed great athleticism, used his attacking shots to good effect and came up with his punched winners from the back at the right moments.

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Published on: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 06:31 PM IST