Denmark Open 2022: Lakshya Sen and Satwik/Chirag lose in quarterfinals
Indian challenge ended at Denmark Open 2022 as Lakshya Sen and Satwik/Chirag lost their respective games in the quarter-finals.
Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen suffered a straight-game loss to Japan's Kodai Naraoka in the men's singles quarterfinal to bring down the curtains on India's campaign at the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament.
Sen, a 2021 world championships bronze medallist, lost 17-21 12-21 to Naraoka, a bronze medallist at the 2018 Youth Olympics, in a lop-sided contest on Friday night.
The two have played thrice in the international circuit with the Japanese winning twice. Interestingly, it was Sen, who had defeated him in the 2018 Youth Olympics semifinals, their last meeting.
The 21-year-old from Japan, however, proved to be a difficult customer on Friday as he produced a dominating performance to stay ahead for the most part of the contest.
After opening a 5-2 lead, Naraoka jumped to a 13-9 advantage at one stage. Sen had grabbed a slender 15-14 lead but the Japanese quickly moved ahead to earn the bragging rights.
Things went further downhill for Sen in the second game as Naraoka led 5-1 before making it 11-3 at the interval.
Naraoka continued to dominate the proceedings to move to 13-6. Sen grabbed the next three points but Naraoka soon bounced back to shut the door on his rival.
Earlier in the day, the Indian pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to the world champion pair of Aaron Chia and Wooi Yik Soh in straight sets 21-16, 21-19. Indian pair presented a fight in both sets but it was not enough as the duo of Chia/Soh won crucial points to end the campaign of the Indian pair.
(With PTI Inputs)