|Born||16 August 2001|
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Career record||203 wins, 76 losses |
|Highest ranking||8 (11 October 2022)|
|Current ranking||8 (11 October 2022)|
Lakshya Sen (born 16 August 2001) is an Indian badminton player. Sen is a former world junior no. 1. He has won gold medals at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships in the boys' singles and at the Summer Youth Olympics in the mixed team event. He won the bronze medal at the 2021 World Championships and was runner-up at the 2022 All England Open. Sen was also a part of the Indian team which won the Thomas Cup 2022. He also won the gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham in men’s singles badminton.
Sen, was born in Almora in Uttarakhand. His father, D. K. Sen, is a coach in India and his brother, Chirag Sen is also an international badminton player.
Having trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Sen had shown his talent as a badminton player at a very young age, and had a brilliant year in the junior badminton circuit in 2016. He clinched the bronze medal at Junior Asian Championship after losing to Sun Feixiang 12-21,16-21. Coincidently, Sen lost to Sun again in the pre-quarters of Junior World Championship 21-17,8-21 and 13-21,His team finished 8th in the team event. Sen also competed in the senior international level and won the men's singles title at the 2016 India International Series tournament.
Sen started the year at Syed Modi International where he lost in the pre-quarters to compatriot Sourabh Verma 14-21,16-21. Sen became the number one junior singles player in BWF World Junior ranking in February 2017. At the Junior Asian Championship, Sen was seeded as no.1 but lost in the pre-quarters to Lin Chun-yi 21-13,23-25 and 20-22. Sen reached the Quarter-finals of Vietnam Open before losing to Kodai Naraoka 21-17,21-23 and 10-21. Sen was seeded as no.2 at the Junior World Championship but in the Quarter-finals, he again lost to Kodai Naraoka 21-14,17-21,14-21.
Sen defeated Cheam June Wei a much higher ranked player than him 21-11,21-16 in straight games at the New Zealand Open but lost to 2 time Olympic gold medallist and seed no.1 Lin Dan 21-15,15-21 and 12-21. At the Australian Open, He lost to seed no.7 Lee Cheuk Yiu 20-22,21-13 and 19-21. Sen emerged as the champion at the 2018 Asian Junior Championships defeating the top seeded World Junior No. 1 Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final 21-19,21-18.
At the Hyderabad Open, Sen lost to seed no. 8 Heo Kwang-hee 13-21 and 12-21. Sen defeated seed no.2 Sitthikom Thammasin 21-14,21-19 in the pre-quarters of 2018 Bangka Belitung Indonesia Masters but lost to seed no.7 Lin Yu-hsien 21-12,20-21 and 14-21 in the Quarter-finals.
Sen participated at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics as the fourth seeded. He settled for boys' singles silver medal after losing to Chinese player Li Shifeng in straight games 15–21, 19–21. He also competed in the mixed team event, and helped team Alpha win the gold medal.
Sen clinched the bronze medal at the BWF Junior World Championships after losing to the eventual champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the semi-finals 22-20,16-21,13-21.
Sen won the Belgian International tournament by beating Victor Svendsen 21-14 and 21-15. Sen clinched his first BWF Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles title after beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan. The Dutch Open is a BWF Tour Super 100 tournament. In November 2019, he won the SaarLorLux Open which is a BWF Tour Super 100 tournament held in Saarbrücken, Germany. He defeated China's Weng Hongyang in the final to claim the title.
He won the men's singles title in the 2019 Scottish Open in November, with a victory against Brazilian Ygor Coelho.
Sen was a member of the Indian team which clinched the bronze medal at 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships.
Sen reached the 2nd round of 2020 All England Open which was his 1st ever BWF Super 1000 Tournament before losing to the champion and world no.1 Viktor Axelsen 17-21 and 18-21. He lost to Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-15,7-21 and 15-21 in 2nd round of the 2020 Denmark Open. Sen was seeded as no.2 at 2020 SaarLorLux Open but withdrew due to an injury. The Covid-19 Pandemic restricted him to play any more international BWF Tournaments in the year.
In December, he reached the World Championships semifinals where he lost to compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in a hard fought match 21–17, 14–21, 17–21 and settled for a bronze medal.
In January, he defeated the reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew in the India Open final, thus clinching his first Super 500 title. He defeated Loh in two straight games 24–22, 21–17. In the German Open, Lakshya defeated World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in the semifinals, but lost the finals to Kunlavut Vitidsarn. He then defeated World No. 3 Anders Antonsen and World No. 7 Lee Zii Jia to reach the finals of the 2022 All England Open. He lost the finals to Viktor Axelsen 10–21, 15–21. He subsequently withdrew from the Swiss Open, as he was tired after playing 2 back-to-back BWF tournaments finals. Lakshya Sen was part of the Indian men's team for 2022 Thomas Cup. The team went on to win the Thomas Cup by beating Indonesia 3–0, with Sen winning his match against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. He became Commonwealth champion at 2022 Commonwealth Games by defeating Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia in the final. Sen was also part of the Indian team that won silver in the mixed team event.
|2021||Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain||Srikanth Kidambi||21–17, 14–21, 17–21|
|2022||National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England||Ng Tze Yong||19–21, 21–9, 21–16|
|2018||Tecnópolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Li Shifeng||15–21, 19–21|
|2018||Markham Pan Am Centre, Markham, Canada||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||22–20, 16–21, 13–21|
|2016||CPB Badminton Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand||Sun Feixiang||12–21, 16–21|
|2018||Jaya Raya Sports Hall Training Center, Jakarta, Indonesia||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||21–19, 21–18|
The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2019||Dutch Open||Super 100||Yusuke Onodera||15–21, 21–14, 21–15||Winner|
|2019||SaarLorLux Open||Super 100||Weng Hongyang||17–21, 21–18, 21–16||Winner|
|2022||India Open||Super 500||Loh Kean Yew||24–22, 21–17||Winner|
|2022||German Open||Super 300||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||18–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2022||All England Open||Super 1000||Viktor Axelsen||10–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2016||India International Series||Lee Zii Jia||11–13, 11–3, 11–6||Winner|
|2017||Bulgarian Open||Zvonimir Đurkinjak||18–21, 21–12, 21–17||Winner|
|2017||India International Series||Chong Yee Han||21–15, 17–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2017||Tata Open India International||Sitthikom Thammasin||21–15, 14–21, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Tata Open India International||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||21–15, 21–10||Winner|
|2019||Polish Open||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||17–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Belgian International||Victor Svendsen||21–14, 21–15||Winner|
|2019||Scottish Open||Ygor Coelho||18–21, 21–18, 21–19||Winner|
|2019||Bangladesh International||Leong Jun Hao||22–20, 21–18||Winner|
|2021||Dutch Open||Loh Kean Yew||12–21, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Swiss Junior International||B. M. Rahul Bharadwaj||11–5, 11–6, 6–11, 11–6||Winner|
|2015||India Junior International||Chirag Sen||21–18, 21–15||Winner|
|2017||German Junior International||Lee Chia-hao||21–19, 11–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|Level 1 – BWF World Tour Finals|
|BWF World Tour Finals||DNQ||SF||0/1||SF||'21|
|Level 2 – BWF World Tour Super 1000|
|All England Open||A||2R||QF||F||0/3||F||'22|
|Indonesia Open||A||NH||1R||1R||0/2||1R||'21, '22|
|Level 3 – BWF World Tour Super 750|
|Fuzhou China Open||A||NH||0/0||A|
|Level 4 – BWF World Tour Super 500|
|Hong Kong Open||A||NH||0/0||A|
|Level 5 – BWF World Tour Super 300|
|Syed Modi International||3R||A||2R||NH||w/d||0/2||3R||'17|
|New Zealand Open||A||2R||1R||NH||0/2||2R||'18|
|Level 6 – BWF World Tour Super 100|
|Indonesia Masters Super 100||NA||QF||A||NH||A||0/1||QF||'18|
|Lingshui China Masters||NA||A||SF||NH||0/1||SF||'19|
Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi finalists, and Olympic quarter finalists. Accurate as of 30 September 2022.
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