Africa-Press – Lesotho. Lakshya Sen successfully reached the second round of the 2023 BWF World Championships after beating Mauritius’s Georges Julien Paul on Monday. India’s star shuttler picked up a straight-game win (21-12, 21-7) in just 25 minutes.
He will be looking for his maiden BWF World Championships title, having finished third to clinch the bronze medal in 2021 as he goes through more ups and downs this year.
The 22-year-old had promising outings recently as he won the Canadian Open title and reached the semi-finals in US and Japan, respectively. He has a win-loss tally of 22-15 to his name this year.
Sen had defeated Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong to claim a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year as he made a comeback after thrilling and went on to claim the victory by 19-21, 21-9, 21-16.
He put up a memorable performance in his maiden run at the Games and will look to replicate the same in the ongoing World Championships. Earlier, in the day, Sen’s fellow countrymate HS Prannoy also advanced to the next round.
Prannoy kicked off the event in a similar manner as he defeated Finland’s Kalle Koljonen in straight games. The world number nine and India’s highest-seeded singles shuttler won the match 24-22, 21-10 over the world number 57.
Before this match, Prannoy and Koljonen had faced each other twice, with the Indian emerging victorious each time. Rohan Kapoor and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after the mixed doubles pair lost 14-21, 22-20, 18-21 in 59 minutes against Scotland’s Adam Hall and Julie Macpherson.
The Indian pair lost the first game before leveling with the win in the second. However, the Scottish pair held their nerves to go past the Indians in the third game.