German Open: Lakshya Sen stuns world No.1 and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen to enter closing

The 20-year-old, who received his maiden Tremendous 500 title on the Indian Open in January, continued his wealthy vein of kind by sending Olympic champion and top-seeded Axelsen into the semi-final which lasted a hour and 10 minutes. .

It was a memorable efficiency from the world No.12 Indian as he recorded his first victory towards his extremely rated rival who has a 4-0 head-to-head report forward of Saturday’s match (March 12) .

German Open: Lakshya Sen enters the semi-finals;  Kidambi Srikanth bows outGerman Open: Lakshya Sen enters the semi-finals; Kidambi Srikanth bows out

In Sunday’s closing, Sen will face Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn who beat Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 21-13, 21-12 within the different match of the final 4.

Sen was in entrance all through the primary recreation which lasted 21 minutes. He left no probability for the Dane to get forward of him. Axelsen struggled to maintain tempo with Sen within the opener.

Sen opened with a 4-1 lead, then prolonged it to 9-4. However Axelsen lower it to 7-9 earlier than Sen grabbed 4 straight factors to make it 13-7. Sen’s attacking play paid off as he took 5 straight factors to steer 18-10 earlier than successful the opener with ease.

Axelsen made a comeback in Recreation 2 to drag all of it collectively and take the sport to the decider. He led 3-8 early on, however used his measurement and attain correctly to take 5 straight factors and stage the rating at 8-8 earlier than charging ahead.

From there, Sen wandered off and Axelsen pocketed the second recreation with out a fuss.

Each gamers left their finest for final as they fought tooth and nail within the dramatic decider. It turned out to be a battle of nerves because the rallies lengthened, with the 2 battling for each level. From 2-2 it was 4-4 then 6-6 earlier than Axelsen moved forward 15-8.

However the younger Indian put up a outstanding battle to shut the hole to 15-17 after which 17-19. He tied the rating 19-19 then 20-20 earlier than sealing the sport with two consecutive factors.

Earlier within the quarter-finals, Sen defeated fellow Indian and former high 10 participant HS Prannoy 21-15, 21-16 whereas Axelsen beat India’s Kidambi Srikanth in back-to-back matches 21-10, 23-21 in a match that lasted 35 minutes.

In the meantime, in males’s doubles, the pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud misplaced after back-to-back matches 11-21, 21-23 towards the Chinese language pair of He Jiting and Zhou Haodong.

Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal had been additionally eradicated from the ladies’s singles competitors after second-round defeats. Seventh-seeded Sindhu, the 2019 world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, nonetheless, suffered a 14-21 21-15 14-21 loss to China’s Zhang Yi Man in 55 minutes within the second spherical of girls’s singles.

London Video games bronze winner Saina, who struggled with health, additionally proved no match towards eighth seed Thai Ratchanok Intanon, shedding 10-21 15-21 in a lopsided contest.

(With PTI inputs)

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