Young Lakshya Sen thumped compatriot Sourabh Verma in straight video games to enter the second spherical however it was curtains for Saina Nehwal on the Denmark Open Super 1000 event right here on Wednesday.
Lakshya, who had completed runners-up at Dutch Open final Sunday, dished out an excellent efficiency to outclass nationwide champion Sourabh 21-9 21-7 in 26 minutes.
The 20-year-old from Almora, who had didn’t make the lower for the Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup Final after dropping his solely match within the trials, is more likely to conflict with second seed and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark subsequent.
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who had retired halfway by means of her first match at Uber Cup Final on account of a groin harm, couldn’t match Japan’s world quantity 20 Aya Ohori and misplaced 21-16 21-14 within the opening spherical.
Former high 10 participant HS Prannoy additionally bowed out of the competitors after dropping 18-21 19-21 to sixth seeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie, whereas 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli kashyap retired after being 0-3 down towards fourth seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.
The Indian doubles gamers had a dismal outing as, aside from Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, not one of the others may put up a combat of their respective matches.
While Satwik and Ashwini’s gallant battle ended with a 17-21 21-14 11-21 loss to China’s Feng Yan Zhe and Du Yue in combined doubles, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram misplaced 8-21 7-21 to Indonesian mixture of Nita Violina Marwah and Putri Syaikah in ladies’s doubles.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy additionally went down 17-21 13-21 to second seeded Korean pair of Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan.
Lakshya had claimed 5 titles in 2019 earlier than COVID-19 compelled the suspension of the BWF calender.
On Wednesday, the world quantity 25 Indian was up towards Sourabh, an opponent towards whom he had misplaced twice prior to now however it made no distinction as Lakshya dished out a dominating present to blow him away.
He led 7-2 early on and by no means seemed in hassle as he reeled off seven straight factors from 13-7 to seize seven recreation factors. Sourabh saved two earlier than Lakhsya pocketed the opening recreation.
In the second recreation, Lakshya stepped up the tempo, leaping to a 7-0 benefit and stored marching forward to seal the competition.