Lakshya Sen won the first BWF World Tour Super 100 title of his career by winning the Dutch Open on Sunday. The 18-year-old is set to surge close to the top 50 in the world when the rankings are updated next.
Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen on Sunday clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men’s singles title after beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the summit clash on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Indian rallied from a game deficit to defeat his world no. 160 opponent 15-21 21-14 21-15 in a final that lasted 63 minutes.
Lakhsya again managed to move to 12-8 with four straight points. Onodera narrowed it down to 11-12 but Lakshya jumped to 18-11 and then roared back into the contest.
In the decider, Lakshya came up with a clear strategy and managed to keep his rival at a distance. He led 9-4 before making it 11-8 at the break.
After the interval, Lakshya continued to move ahead and slowly marched ahead to shut the door on Onodera.
Lakshya, currently ranked 72nd, had won the Belgian Open last month and reached the finals of Polish Open this year. He had also won the Asian Junior Championships, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year.
He is set to surge close to the top 50 in the world when the rankings are updated next.