New Delhi: 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.
Earlier, the shuttler had stormed into the finals of men’s singles after defeating Malaysia’s NG Tze Yong in the semi-finals on Saturday. He reached the first Super 500 final of his career.
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 a repeat of last year’s Dutch Open final, the Indian ensured that he had the last laugh this time around. The 20-year-old Sen continued with his momentum and he went on to win the summit clash in straight games.
Going into this match, the two had a 2-2 head-to-head record with Sen losing two of the last three meetings, but the Indian was the better man on show on Sunday as he showed great athleticism, used his attacking shots to good effect and came up with his punched winners from the back at the right moments.
The tournament has been hit by COVID as BWF have been announcing new positive cases every other day. On Saturday, BWF announced that one player tested positive and his doubles partner was also withdrawn from the tournament.
Earlier on Sunday, the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy clinched victory in the men’s doubles finals of Indian Open 2022, which is part of the BWF World Tour tournament series.
The Indian pair defeated the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in straight games 21-16, 26-24 in the summit clash that lasted for 43 minutes.
With ANI, PTI Inputs.