Lakshya Sen Claims Bangladesh International Challenge Title

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New Delhi: Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen claimed his men’s singles crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger with a straight-game win over Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hao in the final here on Sunday.

With this, Lakshya notched up his fifth title of the season.

Lakshya started his campaign with a 21-5 21-10 win over compatriot Rajesh Verma in the opening round. He then beat three Malaysians on way to the final.

The Uttarakhand shuttler thrashed MD Tah M Ziyad 21-13 21-6, before claiming 21-17 21-9 and 21-9 21-11 wins over Aisil Soleh Ali Sadikin and Ng Tze Yong respectively. The top-seeded Indian then saw off third seed Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay of Indonesia 21-18 21-16 in the semifinals.

Among other Indians, women’s doubles pair of Maneesha K and Rutaparna Panda went down 20-22 19-21 to top-seeded Malaysian pair of Tan Pearly Koong Le and Thinaah Muralitharan to settle for a runner-up finish.

Men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also failed to outwit fourth-seeded Malaysian pair of Yee Jun Chang and Kai Wun Tee, going down 19-21 16-21 in the summit clash.

The young Indian shuttler won his first title of the year at the Belgian International in September and followed it up with wins at Dutch Open Super 100 and SarrLorLux Super 100 in October before claiming the Scottish Open crown in November.

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