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Lakshya Sen draws to compatriot HS Prannoy at the Indonesia Open

Lakshya Sen, world No. 8, was knocked out of the Indonesia Open badminton event on Wednesday following defeating to compatriot HS Prannoy in an all-India second round match.

Lakshya Sen draws to compatriot HS Prannoy at the Indonesia Open

Sen was defeated 10-21 9-21 by Prannoy in a men’s singles match that lasted little over 30 minutes.

Sen is in  great form, won his first Super 500 title this year. The 20-year-old made it to the finals of the renowned All England Championships but was also a member of the Indian men’s team that won the historic Thomas Cup.

Surprisingly, this was Prannoy’s first win versus Sen in their three previous matches.

M R Arjun and Dhruv Kapila began their record with such a win in doubles, defeating higher-ranked Japanese team Kelichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi 27-25 18-25 21-19.

Meanwhile, the women’s team of Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam drew 9-21 10-21 in just 28 minutes to China’s Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu.

Another women’s partnership, Haritha M Harinarayan and Ashna Noy, also had their campaign come to an end after losing in consecutive games versus South Koreans Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong.

In the Sen against Prannoy match, the player was little stumbled  over-aggressive Prannoy, who, although behind 3-6 at one point. He made a tremendous comeback thanks to some excellent strokes.

The 29-year-old finally increased his lead to 21-10 and easily won the opening game.

Prannoy picked up where he left off in the second game, taking an 11-3 lead.

Sen was anticipated to make a return after falling behind, but Prannoy’s unplayable cross-court smashes made it tough for the former.

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