Lakshya Sen Advances at All England Open, Faces Antonsen Test

Lakshya Sen Advances at All England Open, Faces Antonsen Test

U Vimal Kumar’s animated coaching during the All England Open badminton on Wednesday proved crucial as his ward Lakshya Sen overcame the challenge of Magnus Johannesen in the first round. Despite Sen’s lead, Johannesen’s powerful shots kept Kumar on edge.

Johannesen, a highly-rated Danish player, is considered a rising star in men’s badminton. His left-handedness poses a unique challenge to right-handed opponents. However, Sen’s superior net play and patience in rallies earned him a 21-14, 21-14 victory.

While Sen’s strong start is promising, his path ahead becomes more challenging. On Thursday, he faces Johannesen’s compatriot and world No. 3 Anders Antonsen. Sen won their first encounter, but Antonsen has dominated their subsequent meetings.

This is the third consecutive year that Sen and Antonsen will face off in the All England Open, with both previous encounters occurring in Round 2. Sen eliminated Antonsen in 2021 en route to the final, while Antonsen prevailed in 2022.

Antonsen has been in impressive form this year, winning the Malaysia Open and Indonesia Masters. Priyanshu Rajawat, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing loss to Indonesian Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, extending his losing streak in the first two rounds of the BWF World Tour to five.

In women’s doubles, Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam for the second time in as many months. They will now face Chinese fifth seeds Zhang Shu Xian and Zheng Yu in the second round. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, however, lost to Indonesian pair Apriyani Rahayu and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti.