Lakshya Sen Rallies Hard but Loses in the Qualifier of Australian Open

By: Editor
Date: 04 Jun, 2019
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A heroic effort but one that ends on a valiant note for next-gen superstar Lakshya Sen in the men’s singles qualifiers of the Crown Group Australian Open 2019. Lakshya seemed primed for the big debut but lost some crucial points in the second-round qualifier against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand.

Lakshya began the qualifiers on a positive note to win 21-8 21-8 against Tech Zhi Soo. He seemed very confident on the court and definitely had a positive stride about him. And after a commanding performance in the opening round surely set him up nicely for the second one. 

Awaiting Lakshya in the second-round qualifiers was the experience of Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, he had just warded off a stiff challenge by Japanese player Yu Igarashi. Tanongsak prevailed 21-5 13-21 21-15 in three games, and Lakshya surely fancied himself against the experienced but relatively tired opponent.

However, Tanongsak was very much up for the contest as he took the opening game with relatively ease winning 21-11, and while Lakshya did make a strong come back in the second and tied the game at 21-21 to square the match and force a decider. Tanongsak summoned all his experience to close the game and the match.

This ends the Australian Open campaign for Lakshya on a bitterly disappointing note, but one can definitely be sure that the elusive win in the big league isnt quite far away for this rising Indian star.

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