Indian Open: Lakshya Sen beats Prannoy to make it to semifinals

World Championship Bronze medallist Lakshya Sen has made it to the semifinals of the India Open Badminton Championships. For the first time, Almora's 20-year-old Lakshya defeated Hamatwan HS Prannoy 14-21, 21-9, 21-14 in an hour-long match. The third seeded target will now face Malaysia's Nag Tej Yong, who defeated Ireland's Nahat Nnguyen 9-21, 21-8, 21-16 in one hour and nine minutes.

There was a close competition between Lakshya and Prannoy. Prannoy managed to win the first game but the young player Lakshya clinched the second game to restrict the match to a draw. Prannoy started well with a 6-1 lead in the deciding game but Lakshya had returned to make it 11-9.

He won the match by scoring 9 of the next 11 points after the break. World champion Loh Kein of Singapore has advanced to the last 4 after defeating Russia's Sergei Siranto 21-16, 21-13 in just 33 minutes. He will now face Brian Young of Canada, who defeated Kim Brun of Denmark 21-19, 21-18 in 52 minutes.

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