Indian Teen Lakshya Sen Wins Bronze at Badminton World Juniors
Lakshya Sen’s medal is India’s only medal in this edition of the world juniors.
Lakshya Sen’s medal is India’s only medal in this edition of the world juniors.(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@India_AllSports)

Indian Teen Lakshya Sen Wins Bronze at Badminton World Juniors

India’s Lakshya Sen clinched his first medal at the badminton world junior championships after losing to top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in the semi-finals in three games on Saturday in Markham, Canada. This is Lakshya’s first medal in his third attempt.

The 17-year-old from Almora, who had clinched the Asian Junior title this year, fought hard before going down 22-20 16-21 13-21 to Vitidsarn in a match that went on for an hour and 11 minutes on Saturday.

I could not get into my usual rhythm, though I managed to win the first game. But he (Kunlavut) was too strong in the second. I could not play to my strong points and my opponent had all answers to my strokes.
Lakshya Sen

Earlier this year in July, Sen had beaten the 17-year-old Vitidsarn in straight games in the final of the Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Indonesia.

This is India’s only medal in this edition of the world juniors and the last time it was Sameer Verma, who won the bronze in 2011. Apart from these two, Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy had also won bronze in 2010, while Saina Nehwal had clinched gold in 2008.

Vitidsarn, who is the defending champion, now will aim to win his second straight world junior title. The Thai will take on Japan’s Kodai Naraoka in the final, who had beaten third seed Li Shifeng of China 21-11, 19-21, 21-17 in the other semi-final.

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