Sensational Sen beats British champion Fenn to win Canadian Open title

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Indian star shuttler Laksha Sen put on a badminton masterpiece as he beat China’s Li Shifeng in straight sets in the Canadian Open final to claim his second BWF Super 500 title.

The 21-year-old from Almora, who won his first Super 500 title at the 2022 Indian Open, combined incredible speed and power to beat reigning British champions Fenn 21-18, 22-20 in a thrilling showdown. .

“It’s been tough going into the Olympic qualifying year when things didn’t go my way, so this win will be a huge boost to my confidence,” Sen said. PTI After winning.

“In some games we had to dig deep. The conditions were different and it was important to get used to it,” said ace’s Shattler.

It was Sen’s first title since winning his first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games last August. He is also the second Malaysian singles player to win the title this year, following HS Pranoi’s triumph at the Malaysian Masters in May.

Sen showed his mettle as he saved four game points for a championship point in the second game, smashed in on his first chance, and collapsed on court in relief and euphoria after a hard-fought match. .

The duo put on an exceptional rally with fast-paced exchanges at the net, but Sen held the match firmly to take his fifth win of seven against China.

The win would be a much-needed boost for Sen, who has fallen to No. 19 in the world after struggling to find his form early in the season.

Sen, a former world No. 6 who won bronze at the 2021 World Championships, has had a lengthy recovery after undergoing nose surgery for a deviated septum after last August’s World Championships.

In a battle of power and precision between the two youngsters, Sen, who showed greater control and temper, was the trump card against China’s world number 10.

Sen held tight to the net, producing a series of down-the-line and cross-court smashes that plagued Lee Shifen, who trailed 6-2 early in the season opener.

The two played a high-speed match and performed an eye-catching jump smash. Lee fired two 390km/h smashes while Sen fired several 400km/h lightning strikes.

In the mid-match interval, Sen managed to hold onto a three-point cushion after Lee failed to negotiate his body back from the Indian.

Both players scored with a series of powerful smashes from the back, but Lee fell back to 12-15 due to an unforced error. He managed to catch par at 15-15, but Sen managed to grab three game points with another trademark straight smash.

Another accurate return on his opponent’s forehand helped him earn bragging rights.

The Chinese waited for their chance, engaging Sen in a sensational rally at the net and attacking the weak points of the Indians. After going 5-5 in the first half, he picked up momentum and soon went into the break with a 4-point lead.

With Lee winning the net battle, Sen tried to change tactics, going 13-14 at one point. However, China managed to move forward and scored four game points on a strong return missed by Sen.

But Sen showed his guts with a powerful smash following a forehand body smash. Afterwards, Lee flinched at the net before Sen equalized with a smash.

Another rally ended with a precise return of Lee’s forehand that was Sen’s advantage, ending with a power-packed smash.

The BWF World Tour is divided into 6 levels: World Tour Finals, 4 Super 1000s, 6 Super 750s, 7 Super 500s and 11 Super 300s.

Another category of tournaments, the BWF Tour Super 100 level, also provides ranking points.

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