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Canada Open 2023: Indian badminton prodigy Lakshya Sen defeats China’s Li Shi Feng to win men’s single title

Lakshya Sen's stellar performance in the Canada Open reaffirms his immense talent and potential in the world of badminton.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Jul 10, 2023 12:08 IST
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New Delhi: Indian badminton prodigy Lakshya Sen emerged triumphant in the men’s singles final at the Canada Open 2023, defeating China’s Li Shi Feng in a thrilling match that ended in straight sets with scores of 21-18 and 22-20. The 21-year-old showcased his exceptional skills and determination to secure the coveted title on Monday.

Lakshya Sen, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, added another remarkable achievement to his list of accolades by clinching his second BWF World Tour title after his victorious campaign at the Indian Open in 2022. With each tournament, Sen continues to make waves in the badminton world, solidifying his position as one of India’s brightest talents.

Defeated Thailad’s Kunlavut Vitiddsarn

The road to the Canada Open title was no easy feat for Lakshya Sen. In the Round of 32, he faced a formidable opponent in Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. However, Sen demonstrated his prowess and composure, defeating Vitidsarn with scores of 21-18 and 21-15 to advance to the next round.

In Round 16, Sen encountered Brazil’s Ygor Coelho de Oliveira. Undeterred by the challenge, Sen showcased his exceptional skills and dominated the match, triumphing with scores of 21-15 and 21-11.

Nail-biting quarter final

The quarter-final clash proved to be a nail-biting encounter for Lakshya Sen as he faced German badminton player Julien Carraggi. The match pushed Sen to his limits, becoming the only match in the Canada Open to reach a third set. After winning the first set with an impressive score of 21-8, Sen faced fierce resistance from Carraggi in the second set, resulting in a 21-17 victory for the German player. However, Sen showed great resilience and determination in the decisive third set, ultimately emerging triumphant with a dominant score of 21-10.

In the semi-final, Lakshya Sen continued his magnificent form and overpowered Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto with scores of 21-17 and 21-14, setting up an intense final showdown.

Facing China’s Li Shi Feng in the highly anticipated final, Lakshya Sen displayed exceptional skills and mental fortitude. He outclassed his opponent in straight sets, winning the first set by 21-18 and the second set by 22-20, securing the prestigious men’s singles title at the Canada Open.

PV Sindhu misses spot in final

Meanwhile, in the women’s singles semifinal, double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu faced a formidable challenge against Japan’s world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi. Despite Sindhu’s valiant efforts, she fell short with scores of 14-21 and 15-21, missing out on a spot in the final.

As he continues to make strides on the international stage, fans eagerly anticipate his future accomplishments and the impact he will have on Indian badminton.

First published on: Jul 10, 2023 12:08 PM IST

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