Rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen is hoping to proceed the consistency that fetched him the Belgian Open as he seems to interrupt into high 50 within the World rating, which is able to assist him qualify for greater tournaments subsequent season.
The 18-year-old from Almora shocked second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight video games to clinch the boys’s singles title on the Belgian Worldwide Problem final Saturday.
“I think I played consistently well throughout the week and I’m happy with my performance,” Lakshya, who didn’t drop a single sport all through the match, mentioned.
“This win will give me lots of confidence to do well in the coming tournaments,” he mentioned.
“This year I can play more tournaments than last year in the senior circuit and I hope to prepare well for all the tournaments.”
Taking part in his first full-fledged season within the senior circuit, Lakshya had damaged into the top-100 in March this 12 months. The Belgian Open win noticed him leap 12 locations to seize the World No 67th spot within the newest BWF rating.
His father DK Sen, a SAI coach, who gave him the early classes in badminton, mentioned Lakshya must shortly get into the highest 50 by the 12 months finish.
“The target now for him will be to break into the top 50 by end of the year so that he can qualify for bigger tournaments,” he mentioned.
Requested about his upcoming tournaments, Lakshya, the reigning Asian Junior Championship winner, mentioned: “I’ll be playing the Dutch and SaarLorLux Open next month and then in November, I have Irish and Scottish Open.”
Lakshya, who additionally claimed a bronze on the World Junior Championship and silver at Youth Olympic Video games final 12 months, is presently in Europe taking part in within the Danish League for Aarhus membership.
“It’s nice to be in Denmark and the league matches are exiting. It’s a new experience for me,” he mentioned. “We’re going to be in Europe for three months, play the European circuit and the league matches.
“Within the first group match, I gained in opposition to Jan Jorgensen and bought 1 level for the group. It was a giant match for me,” added the Indian, whose subsequent outing within the nation would be the Syed Modi World Tour Tremendous 300.
Lakshya, who has been a trainee on the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) since 2010, had determined to play within the season circuit after the excessive in juniors final 12 months.
He begun the 12 months properly with a semifinal end on the China Masters Tremendous 100 match earlier than reaching the finals at Polish Open. After just a few early exits, he suffered an ankle harm in July however recovered properly.
“This year, I twisted my ankle in July. It was not very major but I took two weeks to get back on court. I’m just taking good care and rehab,” Lakshya mentioned. “Mental strength is very important as in senior circuit every match is tough,” he mentioned.