New Zealand Open: India's Lakshya Sen goes down fighting to Lin Dan; B Sai Praneeth enters quarters

Up against Lin Dan, Lakshya gave a fantastic account of himself by pocketing the first game but eventually lost out on experience. Sai Praneeth will next face Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka

PTI May 03, 2018 19:54:07 IST
New Zealand Open: India's Lakshya Sen goes down fighting to Lin Dan; B Sai Praneeth enters quarters

Auckland: Teenage shuttler Lakshya Sen reaffirmed his status as one of India's promising rising talents as he gave legendary Lin Dan a scare before losing in three games at the Auckland Open Badminton Championship on Thursday.

Up against two-time Olympic champion Dan, 17-year-old Lakshya gave a fantastic account of himself by pocketing the first game but eventually lost out on experience.

The Chinese calmly clawed back into the game to win the encounter 15-21, 21-15, 21-12 in a marathon second round men's singles match that lasted one hour and seven minutes.

New Zealand Open Indias Lakshya Sen goes down fighting to Lin Dan B Sai Praneeth enters quarters

File image of Lakshya Sen. Image coutesy: Twitter @virenrasquinha

"Good Match against the Legend Lin Dan......gave my best shot!! have realised that I still have a long way to go!! I would like to thank all the coaches of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, OGQ, SAI for their support," Lakshya tweeted after the match.

Third-seeded B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma, however, won their respective matches in straight games to enter the quarter-finals.

Sai Praneeth defeated Malaysia's Darren Liew 21-18, 21-7, while fifth seed Sameer Verma got the better of Cheuk Yiu Lee of Hong Kong 21-17, 21-19 to seal their last eight berths.

The other Indian male shuttler Ajay Jayaram lost to Kwang Hee Heo of Korea 21-15, 20-22, 6-21 in another marathon second-round match.

Sai Praneeth will next face Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka but Verma will have a tough task at hand against Lin Dan,

Men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, seeded fifth, also entered the quarter-final round with a 21-9, 21-12 win over Thailand's Pakin Kuna-Anuvit and Natthapat Trinkajee.

But women's doubles combination of Meghana Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha crashed out in the second round, losing 5-21, 6-21 against top seeds Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia.

It was also curtains for India in the mixed doubles event with the pairs of Shivam Sharma-Poorvisha and Rohan Kapoor-Kuhoo Garg losing in the second round.

While Shivam and Poorvisha lost 16-21, 14-21 against eight seed Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia, Kuhoo and Rohan were shown the door by top seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 11-21, 11-21.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

MotoGP: Yahama's Franco Morbidelli takes pole position at Catalonia GP
Sports

MotoGP: Yahama's Franco Morbidelli takes pole position at Catalonia GP

The Italian steered his Yahama through the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit for a flying lap of 1 minute, 38.798 seconds.

Coronavirus Outbreak: For some bobsled hopefuls, the Olympics may be a click away
Sports

Coronavirus Outbreak: For some bobsled hopefuls, the Olympics may be a click away

USABS already has gotten dozens of serious candidates involved, through Zoom video conferences with coaches and established athletes and past bobsled and skeleton Olympians.

PV Sindhu pulls out of Denmark Open, eyes participation in Asia Open I and II in November
Sports

PV Sindhu pulls out of Denmark Open, eyes participation in Asia Open I and II in November

Sindhu had earlier pulled out of the Thomas and Uber Cup Final but later decided to participate in it, although the event itself eventually got deferred due to the rising number of pullouts.