Wishes pour in for Lakshya Sen's 'spirited fight' in All England Open final
- Lakshya Sen on Sunday lost the All England Open men’s singles final against Viktor Axelsen
- Sen became only the third Indian and first in 20 years to play the All England Open final
- Lakshya Sen in January won his maiden Super 500 title at India Open in New Delhi
Lakshya Sen finished his All England Open 2022 campaign as India’s youngest finalist in men’s singles. His chance of becoming only the third Indian shuttler to win the prestigious title was ruined by Viktor Axelsen Sunday. The 20-year-old Indian went down to the Dane Olympic champion 21-10, 21-15 in 53 minutes in the summit clash.
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Despite the defeat, Lakshya Sen won the hearts of Indians for his fighting spirit and recent rapid rise in international badminton.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on Sen and expressed his confidence in his future endeavours.
"Proud of you @lakshya_sen! You've shown remarkable grit and tenacity. You put up a spirited fight. Best wishes for your future endeavours," Modi tweeted. "I am confident you will keep scaling new heights of success," the prime minister said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also hailed his performance at the All England Open.
"You are second to none, @lakshya_sen. You have won a billion hearts. Congratulations for a wonderful performance. You have done India proud! My best wishes for your future endeavours," Gandhi tweeted.
From the sports fraternity legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said Sen made India proud by reaching the All England final.
"You've made every Indian incredibly proud by reaching the All-England Final, Lakshya Sen. We shall all be cheering for you tonight!" tweeted Tendulkar.
Former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, meanwhile, tweeted: "So proud of you @lakshya_sen and the team. Coaches Yoo Yong Sung, DK Sen and Physio Abdul. Have simply given it everything they have got."
Sen, who has been touring Europe alone and without a coach, played the final of the German Open Super 300 tournament just a week before and finished runner-up against Thailand's Kunvlat Vidistran. There he defeated Axelsen in the semifinal. But At the All England Open final as he became the first Indian to reach the final in 20 years, Lakshya Sen failed to get better off the experienced Axelsen. Sen might have given his best in the three-game semifinal against Lee Zii Jia on Saturday.
After four days of sensational badminton, the 20-year-old Sen faltered on the cusp of history as he committed too many errors to go down 10-21 15-21 to former champion Axelsen in the summit clash.
In January this year, Sen won his maiden Super 500 tournament when he won the India Open. In December, he won his maiden BWF World Championships medal, a bronze in Spain.