Defeated by fellow Indian Kidambi Srikanth in the first round of the men’s singles competition at the French Open 2022 BWF Super 750 tournament on Wednesday, Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen was eliminated from the competition early and did not advance.
Kidambi Srikanth, a former world No. 1 player, won the match against Lakshya Sen by scores of 21-18 and 21-18, improving his head-to-head record versus Sen to 2-0. The epic match between the two Indians took place in the semifinals of the BWF World Championships 2021 and was won by Srikanth in three games (21-17, 14-21, 17-21).
Kidambi Srikanth, who is ranked No. 11 in the world according to the most recent badminton rankings, took control of the match from the very beginning and raced to a commanding 18-12 lead. However, Lakshya Sen turned the situation into a game and evened the score at 18-18 for himself.
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Kidambi Srikanth’s expertise shone through as he assured himself a lead with a late flurry, just as it seemed as though the momentum might have turned.
Lakshya Sen began the second game with a more offensive focus in an effort to get the score closer to even, but Kidambi Srikanth, the more experienced player, made sure he stayed on his younger compatriot’s coattails for the majority of the game.
The pressure eventually got to Lakshya Sen, who was only 21 years old at the time, and he eventually folded. Kidambi Srikanth, who was eight years older than Lakshya, accelerated at the opportune time and finished the match in 46 minutes.
In the second round, Kidambi Srikanth will compete against either the Danish player Rasmus Gemke or the Irish player Nhat Nguyen.
However, Sameer Verma’s performance was the one that caught everyone off guard the most. The Indian shuttler, who is ranked 31st in the world, played exceptionally well to pull off a stunning upset victory over the Indonesian shuttler Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who is currently ranked sixth in the world and won a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020.
Sameer Verma performed exceptionally well throughout the match to pull out a 21-15, 21-23, 22-20 victory over an opponent who was responsible for eliminating him from the Swiss Open earlier this year. Sameer Verma was eliminated from the Swiss Open because of this opponent.
This was the Indian player’s second victory over the Indonesian ace out of their four matches against each other, with the most recent triumph being at the All England Open in 2016.
Sameer Verma’s next opponent will be Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn, who is currently ranked tenth in the world.
In addition, the in-form HS Prannoy, who is presently in first place in the BWF World Tour Finals 2022 standings, advanced after claiming victory over Liew Daren of Malaysia in a three-game match by a score of 21-16, 16-21, and 21-16. The Chinese shuttler Lu Guang Zu will be the next challenge for the Indian competitor to overcome.
The men’s doubles campaign of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila was cut short when they were defeated by Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, who are two-time world championships bronze medallists and the tournament’s fifth seeds.
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