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India Open Final Highlights: Lakshya crowned champion

India Open 2022 Final Badminton, Lakshya Sen vs Loh Kean Yew Highlights: Lakshya Sen secured his maiden Super 500 title by winning the Yonex-Sunrise India Open with a stunning straight-game victory over reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 16, 2022 7:57:48 pm
Lakshya Sen, Indian shuttler, Sports News, Indian Express, Indonesia OpenLakshya Sen in action. (File)

India Open 2022 Final Badminton Highlights: India’s Lakshya Sen secured his maiden Super 500 title by winning the Yonex-Sunrise India Open with a stunning straight-game victory over reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the men’s singles final here on Sunday. 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 the doubles final, top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty scripted a stunning straight-game win over three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia to become the first men’s team from the country to win the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.

The world no 10 Indian pair, which had won its first Super 500 tournament in Thailand in 2019, upset the top seeded Indonesian pair 21-16 26-24 in 43 minutes to make a rampaging start to the new season.

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India Open 2022 Final Badminton Highlights: Lakshya Sen secured his maiden Super 500 title by winning the Yonex-Sunrise India Open with a stunning straight-game victory over reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew.

18:26 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya wins

That's it. Lakshya Sen has done it. He has won the men's final beating the reigning champion in straight games.

18:22 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Sen leads 17-15

Lakshya keeps a healthy distance from the world champion. There is another delay as his injured finger is taken a look at.

18:11 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya ahead by 1 point

Lakshya draws level, before they both trade a series of points, neither allowing the other to get into any sort of rythm. Loh Kean Yew has the entire court and all the time in the world to get a smash right to get us level at 9-9 but somehow hits the net!

18:08 (IST)16 Jan 2022

Sen hits a shot to the back of the court making Loh run towards the shuttle but not succeeding.

18:03 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya trails 2-5

Loh Kean Yew gets into the lead in the initial stages of the second game.

17:59 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya wins first game

Sen's smash too strong for Loh Kean Yew and the Indian gets his first game point. Back to 21-21. Another shot goes long from Loh to give Lakshya a second game point at 23-22. What a wildly swinging first game. And it's the Indian who wins the first game 24-22.

17:50 (IST)16 Jan 2022
37-shot rally

Slow to start, the world champion is finding his way more and more into the match. A 37-shot rally - the longest of this match so far - goes Lakshya's way though.

17:45 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya leads 13-9

Lakshya Sen on the charge in the singles final! Goes into the break in the first game 11-8! The Singaporean misses a shot as Lakshya races even further ahead after the break.

17:37 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya leads 9-6

Lakshya forces Loh to make an error as the shuttle falls on the net. He now leads 9-6

17:34 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Lakshya on the board

Lakshya gets his first point after Loh hits the shuttle just wide of the backline.

17:31 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Loh's first point

The players enter the court and begin their warm-up. Lakshya wins toss. Loh gets the first point as Lakshya hits wide.

17:25 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Time for the men's final

It's time for the big one. The men's final. Lakshya Sen faces reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the summit clash.

17:15 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Satwik/Chirag win doubles title

And it's done!!! The Indian pair wins the doubles title. They beat their idols. History created.  A first ever Indian pair have won the doubles title at the Indian Open!

17:11 (IST)16 Jan 2022

The drama just does not stop. Just as we thought the Indian pair had run away with the match, the Indonesian pair fought back.  The Indonesians bring up the first game point. Saved. There's a second game point for them. And the Indians save a second game point to get us to 21-21! Satwik hits one wide! Agonizing! A third game point for the Daddies. Saved! Satwik makes up for his error with a smash down the centre line!

It's now 22-22. What a match!!

17:01 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Satwik/Chirag lead 11-10

Satwik runs off to change his racquet mid-rally, leaving Chirag to man the whole court and then Chirag smashes and draws it level at 10-10. Rally of the match!

16:53 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Indian pair lead 4-3

The Indian pair attack at the net and the Indonesian masters are trying to hold them off.  But the results are the same as the first game.

16:48 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Satwik/Chirag take Game 1

And that's it. Satwik/Chirag has taken game. The Indonesians look to defend but the barrage of attacking shots from Satwik and Chirag break through it. They win the first game 21-16

16:42 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Indian pair have the upper hand

The Indian pair head into the break 2 points ahead. The Indians grab a quick couple of points after the break as well. Satwik/Chirag lead 8-7.

16:40 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Satwik/Chirag lead 8-7

The Indonesians winning most of the quick points That was followed by a 36-shot rally which the Indians win.

16:34 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Satwik/Chirag lead 4-2

The first point goes to the Indians as a shot from Setiawan catches the top of the net. A challenge from the Indians are then unsuccessful, but they are leading in the initial stages.

India Open: Lakshya Sen, Loh Kean Yew, Katethong show badminton Next Gen is here

(From Left) Loh Kean Yew & Lakshya Sen.

Who knew that the Next Gen of badminton singles wasn’t twiddling their thumbs and toes through the pandemic, waiting, but instead were welting in the wings. Ready to hammer. At the first chance they could grab. Who knew ahead of the winter World Championships that Singaporean Loh Kean Yew could grow limbs that could strike down like lightning. Or that Lakshya Sen could soak up all the attacking shuttles flying around him, and work up the momentum to channel that lightning speed – as he well might – into his Mjolnir arms, as the two head into a tantalising final of the India Open. (Read Full Story)

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