Jakarta: Lakshya Sen, the world’s ninth-ranked badminton player, lost in the quarter-finals clash of the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament on Friday to his much higher-ranked Chinese Taipei opponent, Chou Tien Chen.
The fascinating battle between two shuttlers lasted more than an hour. Sen, the World Championships bronze medalist, came back strongly after losing the first game. He bagged the second set quite easily, by 12-21. The fourth seed from Chinese Taipei’s heroics ended all hopes for Sen.
Chou Tien Chen showed maturity and superb judgement in the deciding game. The Indian shuttler failed to match his Taipei rival. In the end, Tien Chen emerged victorious with a scoreline of 21-16, 12-21, and 21-14.
Lakshya Sen lost his second successive encounter against Chou within a month. Earlier, Sen surrendered to his Chinese Taipei rival 19-21, 21-13, and 17-21 during a group stage match of the Thomas Cup, before the historic triumph by the Indian shuttlers defeated Indonesia in the final.
The silver medalist from the 2018 Asian Games, from Chinese Taipei, used his experience to put pressure on Sen in the decider. The 20-year-old Sen had no answer to match his rival’s remarkable display.
Chou Tien Chen earned three points in a row to build a sizeable lead of six points midway through the final game. Sen tried his best to bounce back and saved two match points, but his effort went in vain.
Chou Tien Chen, the 32-year-old veteran, showed agility on the court, which earned him the match.