Lakshya Sen

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Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen (cropped).jpg
Sen with silver medal at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics
Personal information
CountryIndia
Born (2001-08-16) 16 August 2001 (age 20)
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
ResidenceAlmora, Uttarakhand, India
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
HandednessRight
CoachVimal Kumar
Prakash Padukone
D. K. Sen
Men's singles
Highest ranking13 (18 January 2022)
Current ranking13 (18 January 2022)
BWF profile

Lakshya Sen (born 16 August 2001) is an Indian badminton player.[1] Sen was former world junior no. 1. He has won the gold medals at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships in the boys' singles and at the Summer Youth Olympics in the mixed team event. His best achievement in the senior tournament was winning a bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships.

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

Personal life[edit]

Sen, born in Almora, belongs to a badminton family. His father, D. K. Sen, is a coach in India and his brother, Chirag Sen, is also an international badminton player.[2]

Career[edit]

Trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Sen has shown his talent as a badminton player at a very young age, and has had a brilliant year in the junior badminton circuit in 2016. He became the number one junior singles player in BWF World Junior ranking in February 2017. Sen also competed in the senior international level and won the men's singles title at the 2016 India International Series tournament.[3] He emerged as the champion at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships defeating the top seeded World No. 1 Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final.[4]

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.[5] He also competed in the mixed team event, and helped team Alpha win the gold medal.[6]

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. The tournament is held in Saarbrücken, Germany. He defeated China's Weng Hongyang in the final to claim the title.[7]

He won the men's singles title in the 2019 Scottish Open in November, with a victory against Brazilian Ygor Coelho.[8]

In 2021, he reached the World Championships semifinals where he lost to Srikanth Kidambi in a hard fought match 21–17, 14–21, 17–21 and settled for a bronze medal.[9]

In 2022, 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.[10]

Achievements[edit]

World Championships[edit]

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

Youth Olympic Games[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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)[edit]

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[11] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are 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.[12]

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

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

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)[edit]

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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players: Lakshya Sen". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ Nadkarni, Shirish (8 February 2017). "Decoding Lakshya Sen: How the world's No 1 junior has taken the badminton world by storm". Firstpost. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. ^ Talwar, Gaurav (2 February 2017). "Lakshya Sen becomes World No 1 junior badminton player". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Lakshya Sen stuns World No 1 to bag badminton gold in Asian Junior Championships". The Indian Express. 22 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Youth Olympics 2018: Lakshya Sen settles for silver medal in Badminton". The Indian Express. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Youth Olympics: Why Lakshya Sen's gold, Manu Bhaker's silver won't be added to India's medal count". DNA. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Sensational Lakshya Sen claims SaarLorlux Open title". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Lakshya Sen wins Scottish Open badminton title". The Hindu. PTI. 25 November 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ Anab, Mohammad (20 December 2021). "Lakshya Sen clinches bronze at World Badminton Championship". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  10. ^ "India Open: Lakshya Sen stuns world champion Loh Kean Yew to win maiden Super 500 title". The Times of India. 16 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  11. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  12. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

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