Lakshya ensures India a medal at Badminton Asia Junior Championships

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 21, 2018 05:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Sixth-seeded Lakshya Sen caused one of the major upsets so far in the Badminton Asia Junior Championships when he toppled second-seeded Chinese Li Shifeng 21-14 21-12 to enter the men singles semi-finals on the third day of the individual events at Jakarta on Friday.

Lakshya, who ensured himself at least a bronze medal, will take on Indonesian and fourth seed Ikhsan Leonardo Rumbay in the semi-finals.

In the first set, employing his net-play to good effect and using half-court smashes assiduously Lakshya put his Chinese rival under a lot of pressure. So much so, in a hurry to garner points, he was prone to committing mistakes.

Cashing in on them perfectly, the Indian established a good lead to win.

In the second, it turned out to be a lot easier for Lakshya.

He not only surged ahead with a sizeable lead but also saw the Chinese wilting under pressure quickly. In the end, it was the Indian all the way to romp home winners.

However, the semi-final showdown with the local may not be as easy. Yet, the way Lakshya has displayed his prowess, particularly against the second seed Chinese, his capability cannot be doubted against the Indonesian.