Lakshya knows what a great achievement this is. “I am very happy to have reached the final but the final match is still to come,” he said after winning the semi-final.
Coming out of the hills of Almora, the 20-year-old, who had an explosive performance on the badminton court, will face world number one Victor Excelson in the final. It will not be easy for the target to beat this Danish player. However, his morale is high and he is playing brilliantly.
This year has been great for the goal. He has defeated Olympic champion Axelson. He also defeated world champion Iron Keane Yu and Olympic bronze medalist A Ginting and world bronze medalist Anders Antonsen.
He is the fifth Indian to reach the All England final. Prakash Nath (1947), Prakash Padukone (1980), Pullela Gopichand (2001) and Sania Nehwal (2015) have made the journey to the title. Apart from Prakash and Gopichand, no Indian has won the title.
The journey to the final was not easy for Lakshya. In the last game, Jia was leading 18-16. On such occasions the patience of the players is tested. Here it is determined whether a player has the ability to come back on important occasions or not. Jia must realize that there are only three steps between her and the final. And it can be easily crossed. But Sen did not deviate from his goal. He didn’t care and didn’t let his game weaken.
Sen again scored two consecutive points. The score became 18-18. Match level. Now the heartbeat had increased. One mistake and the result is against you. The pressure on the Malaysian player increased. He hit the shot into the net. Score goal 19-8 ahead. After that, he hit Jia directly in the face and made the score 20-18. He scored one point. Now the score is 20-19. That was the match point. Sen gave an explosive performance and the return was out and with this Sen reached the final. He is the first Indian male shuttler to reach the final in 21 years.
India have been waiting patiently for the All England final. Meanwhile, India has become a major power in the world of badminton. But his wait in this prestigious tournament has become long. In 2015, Saina Nehwal was the last Indian shuttler to reach the final.
Sen was aware of this history but he was not pressuring it. He knew that no Indian had been able to do that for 21 years. But if he had let it catch on, the road might have been difficult. He did not take it seriously.
For the past few days, Sen has been accelerating his game. In December, he won a medal at the World Championships. In January, she won the Indian Open title. He defeated Loh Keen Yu in the final.
Don’t let emotions get the better of you while playing Sen. Play fearlessly. After each point, he grabs his fist in the air. That is enough. After winning the semi-final, he did not sit on the ground and celebrate. Just one more match, then the goal will be achieved, which Indian sports fans have been waiting for years.
Sen’s game is strong. His attack is full. And the defense is very strong. Which was not very easy to separate. He attacks the enemy’s plans and destroys the enemy’s plans. Knowing that Lynn compares her game to Dan Dan’s.