High-speed Indian shuttler Laxman Sen returned to competitive badminton, defeating Kristo Popov in a straight game in the opening round of the USD 750,000 Denmark Open, which resumed the international calendar after a seven-month Coronavirus-forced break.
The 19-year-old Indian, who had claimed five titles, including two Super 100 tournaments last year, made a clinical appearance to reach the second round, defeating Popov 21-9 21-15.
He will take on the winner of the match between Hans-Kristian Solberg Witterschas of Denmark and Maxime Morels of Belgium.
“I moved forward a lot, that was the key. In the second game he took the lead but I made some mistakes. I was able to cut down on them and get my rhythm, ”Lakshya, who is currently at world number 2, was told by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
“I am very happy to play again after seven months and it felt very normal on the court.” Lakshya looked in good touch as he walked well into the court and found his touch with the word Go.
In the opening game, the Indian took an 11–8 lead at the break and did not allow his opponent to rebound by trailing by three points at a 14–8 pace.
He then took the remaining seven points on the Tarot as Popov could only watch helplessly.
The second game was more competitive as both players fought tooth and nail, twisting neck and neck by 12–12.
Subsequently, Lakshya broke once again and reached 15–12 and 16–14 before closing the match comfortably.
The Denmark Open Super 750 event is the only event of the year as the BWF were forced to cancel several tournaments and postpone the Asia leg and World Tour finals next year.
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