Lakshya Sen aims first title for Indian Open debut


World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen has said he will look to build on his rich form vein and return with a first title when he starts the new season with a first appearance for India. Open Super 500 in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old from Almora had a good outing last season, reaching the Dutch Open final, advancing to the semi-finals at Hylo, and then entering the knockout stage of the World Final. Tour for his debut.

However, the icing on the cake was his bronze medal at the World Championships, which helped him emulate his mentor Prakash Padukone and compatriot B Sai Praneeth.

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“This is the first time that I will play at the Indian Open as the last two editions have been canceled due to the pandemic. So I look forward to making the most of this opportunity and winning the title,” Sen said. PTI after arriving in the nation’s capital.

“I had a 10 day break after the world championships and started training from January 1. I had some problems but now I’m back in great shape.”

Walking into the past, Sen talking about when he would come as a fan to watch greats such as Lin Dan and Taufik Hidatay compete in the tournament.

“I remember coming to the India Open when I was 10 years old in 2011-12. I was inspired a lot by Lin Dan and Taufik Hidayat. I have always loved the game of Taufik, it m ‘influenced a lot. “

Sen will open his campaign against Egyptian Adham Hatem Elgamal and a victory will pit him against Sweden’s Felix Burestedt in the next round.

“I have a good draw. In the first round I play against an Egyptian player and in the next round it will be Felix. I trained with him in Dubai.

“I’m going to take one game at a time and the way I play I’m confident of winning the tournament.”

The year will be hectic with high-profile events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, in addition to the regular events of the BWF World Tour.

Sen said his main goal will be to stay injury free and peak at the right time.

“It’s an important year because there are a lot of important tournaments lined up. I have to work out a proper training plan before these important events, also choose events,” said the world number 17.

“I have to perform well in order to qualify for important events. So the focus will be on being injury free and peaking at the right time.”

Organized by the Indian Badminton Association (BAI), the Indian Open kicks off Tuesday at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall at Indira Gandhi Stadium.

Most of the players have started arriving in the capital for the tournament.

“All participating players will take the necessary safety precautions upon arrival in New Delhi in accordance with protocol, and will be tested daily at the hotel and from there they will have shuttles to come to the stadium, play matches and depart from. new to the hotel, “BAI said in a statement.

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