Hylo Open 2021: Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen advance to the semi-finals© Twitter
The young Indian commuter Lakshya Sen put on a fierce performance to outsmart Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in an exciting three-match competition and advanced here to the semi-finals of the Hylo Open Super 500. Lakshya, number 21 on the world rankings, has Victory in a seesaw battle on Friday night to achieve a 21-18 12-21 21-19 victory over three-time junior World Champion Vitidsarn. He joined fellow Indian Kidambi Srikanth in the semi-finals, who beat Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.
Lakshya, a 2019 champion, will face Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the semi-finals. The 20-year-old, who claimed five titles in 2019, had a decent outing at the Danish Open and French Open with second-round and quarter-final respectively.
The Almora shuttler was forced to withdraw from the event last year after his father and coach, DK Sen, tested positive for COVID-19.
Lakshya came into the match with a 2-3 head-to-head record and fought for an hour and 18 minutes against Vitidsarn, who are 24th in the world rankings.
The Indian led 8-3 in a snap and led 11-8 at halftime. The Thai shuttler tried to turn the table, but Lakshya was always in front and comfortably tucked the first game into his pocket.
Lakhsya also made a good start to the second game and took an 8-5 lead, but Vitidsarn took a two-point lead at the break and put his nose in front to make a resounding comeback.
The decision was a close battle with the duo who fought hand and tooth. If Lakhsya was 9-6 ahead, Vitidsarn overtook 11-11 after halftime and stayed close to 13-14.
The Indian quickly picked up five game points, but Vitidsarn made things difficult for Lakshya by pulling down four straight points. However, Lakshya kept cool head to finish on the winning side. The tournament was formerly called the SaarLorLux Open.
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