Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the men’s singles semifinal of the India Open 2022 between India’s Lakshya Sen and Malaysia’s NG Tze Yong in New Delhi.
Lakshya Sen punished H. S. Prannoy for his inconsistency for a place in the men’s semifinals of the $400,000 India Open badminton on Friday. This clash featuring Indians, seeded three and eight, produced its share of thrills for an hour. In the opening game where the players were locked 13-all, Prannoy raised the pace to his liking and won six straight points from 15-14 to take the lead.
In the second game, Lakshya involved Prannoy in rallies instead of looking for a finishing stroke. Prannoy, too eager to go with the momentum gained from winning the first game, tried to reproduce the same pace but did not succeed. In fact, he could never draw level with Lakshya as the youngster enjoyed cushions of 12-5, 15-8 and 19-8 to easily force the decider.
Here, it was Prannoy who led 6-1 but could not prevent Lakshya from catching up at 12. Thereafter, Lakshya gave very little away and won nine out of the last 11 points to settle the contest.
Already seen as India’s best bet for a men’s medal in the 2024 Olympic Games, World No. 17 Lakshya plays 60th-ranked Malaysian Ng Tze Yong on Saturday.
– Rakesh Rao
Where to watch?
Men’s Singles semifinals of India Open 2022 between India’s Lakshya Sen and Malaysia’s NG Tze Yong will be live telecast on on the Sony TEN 1 SD and Sony TEN 1 HD TV channels and live streamed on Sony Liv on Saturday, January 15.