German Open 2022, Semifinals HIGHLIGHTS: Lakshya Sen defeats World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in dramatic fashion — Scores, Updates, Results
Lakshya Sen and Viktor Axelsen contested a battle of nerves in the semis of the German Open 2022 where the Indian badminton star made a superb comeback to win.
Welcome to the live blog of The Bridge from the semi-finals of the German Open 2022!
Lakshya Sen made a confident start to the match and pocketed the first game in just 19 minutes, winning it 21-13. Soon, World No. 1 and reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen notched things up in the second set and stole the lead to win the second set, 21-12.
However, the fireworks started to fly from the decider as both Sen and Axelsen really pushed each other before Lakshya made a stunning comeback in the fag end of the last game to win against Axelsen, 21-13, 12-21, 22-20.
By doing this, not only is Lakshya into the finals but has also recorded his biggest career victory to date by upsetting the World No. 1 player, for the first time.
Into the finals now and winning this match ridiculously but impressively, Lakshya will face off against Thai sensation Kunlavut Vitditsarn for the title.
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- 12 March 2022 5:02 PM GMT
Lakshya Sen is well and through to the finals and will face off against Thailand's Kunlavut Viditsarn! It'll be an understatement to say that the Indian is on a roll here!
The last few points of the Axelsen-Sen clash was stuff of nervous dreams and to comeback from being behind that way, as a 20-year-old, against the World No. 1 and Olympic champ...that's no mean thing.
Lakshya Sen, you are amazing. THANK YOU!
What a match this was. What a sheer battle of the nerves!
- 12 March 2022 4:57 PM GMT
LAKSHYA SEN, WHAT ARE YOU! LAKSHYA SEN COMES BACK LIKE NEVER BEFORE AGAINST THE WORLD NO. 1 AND WINS THIS MATCH IN THE MOST DRAMATIC FASHION - 13-21, 21-12, 22-20!!!