Thanks for tuning in to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the men's singles final of the India Open 2022 between India's Lakshya Sen and Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in New Delhi. This was Netra. V taking you through the action as it unfurled. That's all for today!
RECAP: Lakshya Sen defeated current World Champion Loh Kean Yew in straight games 24-22, 21-17 to win his first India Open title in the men's singles. It was a double delight for India as earlier, Chirag Shetty /Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won their first ever Indian Open finals as they defeat Mohammad Ahsan/ Hendra Setiawan 21-16, 26-24 in the men's doubles.
24-22, 21-17 LAKSHYA SEN WINS HIS MAIDEN INDIA OPEN TITLE!!!! What a win for the third seeded Indian. Having won his last two matches in three games, Lakshya Sen made it look easy in the finals of his first India Open tournament by winning in straight sets against the recently crowned World Champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore. A 54 minute match ensured that India won in all of the final matches it was a part of including the men's doubles.
24-22, 20-17 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT FOR SEN! Loh misses the shot.
24-22, 18-15 An amazing recovery by Sen as he almost misses two shots but Loh makes sends the shuttle wide off the backline.
Lakshya Sen's right hand little finger cut seems to be troubling him.
24-22, 16-14 A well executed shot by Lakshya near the net.
24-22, 16-11 A down the line smash by Sen making it hard for Loh to catch up.
24-22, 15-11 Loh challenges a shot called out, loses challenge.
24-22, 14-11 A fast cross court smash keeps Sen in three point lead.
24-22, 11-9 A failed backhand return from Loh helps Sen lead by two points at the mid-game interval.
24-22, 10-8 A brilliant attempt to smash by Loh but the shuttle falls to the net.
24-22, 7-7 A close second game by the top ranked players as they move neck and neck.
24-22, 6-6 Sen hits a shot to the back of the court making Loh run towards the shuttle but not succeeding.
24-22, 5-5 Sen closes gap as Loh stretches to hit the shot but fails to return.
24-22, 3-5 Another wide off the far corner by the Singaporean as the Indian closes the gap.
24-22, 1-3 A body smash by Loh makes it difficult for Lakshya to return.
24-22, 1-1 A brilliant rally by the two players, at the end the Indian gets the point.
24-22, 0-1 Sen makes an error in judgement and fails to read the shuttle that lands on the sideline.
Lakshya seems to have injured himself while playing. A cut can be clearly seen.
24-22 Lakshya Sen edges out Loh in the first game as Loh makes an error of judgement as the shuttle falls inside the court.
23-22 A back and forth encounter leads to Loh hitting a wide shot. Second game point for Lakshya.
21-20 First game point for Sen, what a turn of events. Loh misses the shot completely as the shuttle falls in his own court.
19-20 Game point for Loh as he fails to return yet another net shot.
19-17 One challenge remaining for Sen as he puts one out. Well, lets make it two out.
18-14 A 37 shot rally was stopped as Loh puts yet another one wide.
Three points on trot for the Singaporean. Make it four points.
16-9 Lakshya looks to have complete control of the first game as he makes the Singaporean run all over the court.
14-9 A powerful down the line smash from the Indian leaves Loh just short of return.
13-8 Loh missed a huge chance to win a point as he smashes into the net.
11-8 A three point lead by the Indian third seed as Loh hits another wide off the sideline.
9-7 Lakshya fails to return a net shot from Loh as the two players fight it out near the net.
7-6 A cross court drop from Loh lands was challenged by Lakshya as he wins the point.
2-4 Lakshya forces Loh to make an error as the shuttle falls on the net.
1-2 Lakshya gets his first point after Loh hits the shuttle just wide of the backline.
0-1 Loh gets the first point as Lakshya hits wide.
AND THE FINAL BEGINS!
5:24 PM- The players enter the court and begin their warm-up.
World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen overcame a stiff challenge from Malaysia’s Tze Yong Ng 19-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the semifinals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022 on Saturday.
The hard-earned victory in an hour and seven minutes in his debut appearance at the India Open also assured him his first final at the Super 500 level or above on the BWF Tour.
He will now face World Champion Loh Kean Yew in the summit clash. The Singaporean received a walkover in the semifinals after Canada’s Brian Yang opted out due to a sore throat and headache.
Third seed Sen was the overwhelming favourite against world No. 60 Ng, but if expected an easy outing the tall Malaysian was in a different mood. Both players started the match with fast-paced rallies with the lead changing hands at regular intervals.
Sen then opened up a 14-10 lead before a flurry of errors allowed Ng to stage a comeback. The Malaysian won seven consecutive points to regain the lead, and even though the home favourite managed to level the scores at 17-17, the momentum was definitely in his favour.
Ng began the second game with the same tempo and opened up a 4-1 lead before Sen’s solid defence dug himself out of a hole and found a winner on the next shot. The point probably gave the Indian the required self-belief, and he began to assert himself a lot more.
The 20-year-old began to mix things up, playing softer drops to open up the court for an opportunity to hit winners with his cross-court smashes. Ng did manage to keep pace with the Indian till the mid-game interval, but Sen was in total control thereafter as he forced a decider.
Sen wasn’t going to let the momentum slip as he had figured out that Ng wasn’t comfortable with his toss-drop routine. The Malaysian did try to prolong rallies and keep the shuttle in play, but it wasn’t enough as the Indian could find a way to hit the winners.
With his opponent tiring a bit, Sen clinched five straight points to end Ng’s resistance and reach his first Super 500 final.
“The first game was really fast, and he managed to win some close points at the end to win it. I stuck to my game plan in the next two games, and it worked well for me,” he said.
Speaking about the final, Sen said, “It’s a good feeling to play my first Super 500 final at my home. Fans are not allowed this time, but there were a few people in the stadium who were supporting me, and it felt good.”
Sunday’s final between Loh and Sen would be their fourth meeting this year with the world champion winning two of the three earlier matches. Their overall head-to-head record stands at 2-2.
Where to watch?
The men's singles semifinals of India Open 2022 between India's Lakshya Sen and Singapore's Loh Kean Yew will be live telecast on on the Sony TEN 1 SD and Sony TEN 1 HD TV channels and live streamed on Sony Liv on Sunday, January 16.