Lakshya made it to the quarter-finals of the Sen. Men’s Singles. He became the youngest Indian player to make it to the last-8 of this prestigious tournament. A 19-year target from Almora defeated Thomas Ruxel of France 21-18 21-16.
World champion PV Sindhu made it to the quarter-finals of the Women’s singles at the All England Badminton Championships on Thursday. Sindhu, performing to her fame, defeated Denmark’s Line Kristoffersen 21-8, 21-8 in just 25 minutes. Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu will next take on third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
Lakshya Sen became the youngest Indian there, Lakshya Sen made it to the quarter-finals of Men’s Singles. He became the youngest Indian player to make it to the last-8 of this prestigious tournament. A 19-year target from Almora defeated Thomas Ruxel of France 21-18 21-16. However, the pair of HS Prannoy and Bisai Praneeth lost in the second round of the men’s singles. Lakshya won five titles in 2019. They will now face the winner of the match between Mark Kaljou of the Netherlands. He has also won the Asian Junior Championship title, the World Junior Championship bronze and the Youth Olympic Games silver medal.
Prannoy, who was in the top 10 rankings, however, could not cross the barrier of world number one Kento Momota. The Japanese player is playing his first tournament after the accident, which led him to undergo eye surgery last year. The Indian player lost to Momota 15-21 14-21 in a 48-minute match. Praneeth, on the other hand, lost 21-15 12-21 12-21 to Viktor Axelsen of Denmark despite winning the first game.
The mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were also eliminated from the tournament. They lost 19–21–9–21 to Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo of Japan in the opening round. However, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy advanced to the quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles. Ponnappa and Sikki upset the sixth seeded Bulgaria’s Stoeva sisters 21–17, 21–10.
Saina Nehwal: Former number one player Saina Nehwal was forced to withdraw from her opening women’s singles match due to injury on Wednesday, while four male players entered the second round due to injury. Saina was having trouble in the right thigh. For this reason, she decided to retire in the opening round against seventh seed Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark on Wednesday night, trailing 8-21 4-10. In men’s singles, Sameer Verma defeated Ygor Kolho of Brazil 21-11 21-19.
Now Sameer will face Denmark’s third seed Anders Antonsen. This Indian player would like to avenge the close defeat at the Toyota Thailand Open in January. In the mixed doubles, Pranav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 15-21 17-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Aspersen and Kristin Busch in the opening round.