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Lakshya Sen: Born To Win

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 25 Jul, 2018
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Lakshya Sen is a star Junior Indian badminton player. He is a gifted performer, brilliant player and way mature from his age. His talent and determination are everything a youngster should endure, and he is undoubtedly a blessing to the country and an inspiration to every youngster.


Background


Born on 16th August 2001, in a small town of Uttarakhand, who knew that a boy from Almora will make the entire nation proud. He was born to Nirmala Sen, a school teacher and Dhirendra K Sen, who is also a coach in the Sports Authority of India. Lakshya’s entire family is devoted to the sport of badminton. His grandfather was also a badminton player and now Lakshya and his elder brother, Chirag Sen are emulating their grandfather’s legacy. At the adolescent age of 6, Lakshya started playing badminton and he never stopped.

 

Education


Lakshya is a school student, and he takes 2-months off from the Badminton world, to go back to Uttarakhand and prepare for his final exams.

 

The Beginning



When Lakshya was 9, he started his badminton career by getting trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Bengaluru. He was coached by Sayali Gokhale at the PPBA. He has always been a talented player who only required the right platform for him to showcase his overwhelming skills and talent. Lakshya displayed his tremendous performance in the circuit of junior badminton.

 

Rise in Career

In the year 2016, he finishes as the runners-up in the CPB Badminton Training Centre, Bangkok, Thailand and collected a bronze medal in the Boy’s Singles category. In the India International Series 2016, he conquered his first ever yellow metal as he shunned his Malaysian Opponent in an excellent game and winning the Men’s singles title of the year.


In 2017, he conquered the India International Series again and won the title as he foiled his Thai Opponent in the finals. It was Lakshya’s second Golden Laurel in the Series. Lakshya also climbed up to the quarterfinals at the 81st Senior National Badminton Championship, where he stunned the top shuttler HS Prannoy. After some time, Lakshya received the Golden opportunity of being coached by the Legend, Peter Gade for a short span of time during the Eurasia Bulgarian Open 2017. Definitely, it was worthy, and the junior star has learned a lot from the legend as Lakshya won the title in the tournament. Later, in the Tata International Series, he acquired the second-place, with a silver medal this time.


This year, the tremendous youngster proved again, why he is the best, when he won at the Jaya Raya Sports Hall Training Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia this year and came back with a Gold medal in the Boy’s Singles.


Recently, Lakshya emerged as a winner for the title of Asian Junior Championships 2018 in the Men’s Singles, as he knocked out the World No 1 Kunlavut Vitidsarn. With this victory, the young man has collected the 5th Gold in such a short span of his emerging career.

 

Achievements


The Olympic Gold Quest has been supporting him since he was 11. His tremendous performance has been the amplest reason behind this support.


In the 2016 Vietnam Open Badminton Grand Prix, the young shuttler reached to the quarterfinals of the championship.


Lakshya acquired the spot of World No 1, at the BWF Ranking of the Junior Singles Player in February 2017. In the Premier Badminton League, 2017, Lakshya partake in 7 matches for his franchise and won all of them.


Recently, the Indian Badminton Player, Lakshya, recreated history after winning the Asian Junior Championships after five decades and became the second Indian to win this prestigious title.

 

Prizes and Recognition


Lakshya was also recognized as the youngest player to win the All India Senior Ranking Tournament in 2016.


This year, Lakshya won the title of the Men’s Singles at the Asian Junior Championships 2018, and he has fulfilled the nation’s thirst of past 50 years.


For his fantabulous performance and mature game, the President of Badminton Association of India, Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced to a cash prize of INR 10 Lakh to the young shuttler.


Lakshya is also considered as one of the most sensational players in the junior category. With his style and techniques of play, he can take on against anyone, confidently. The weapons of his armoury are the Hard smashes, Half smashes and Fast drops. never really cared about the opponent, rather he inevitably focused on his game. One of his well-known quotes is “I age of my opponent doesn’t matter to me. If he is 18 or 28, doesn’t matter, as I play to win.” Lakshya is a player who cannot keep control over his tears if he loses. However, with his recent victory, he flashed the broadest grin with eyes, full of tears of joy.


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