Lakshya Sen beat Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta on Thursday after trailing in the first game. The Indian shuttler won his round of 16 match 19-21, 21-8, 21-17.
The world no. 12 Lakshya will face Jonatan Christe, who beat fellow Indonesian Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in the round of 16, in the quarterfinals on Friday. In the first round, the star Indian shuttler defeated Kodai Naraoka in straight games.
Lakshya is the only remaining Indian hope in men’s singles, with H.S. Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Priyanshu Rajawat bowing out in the first round.
Saina Nehwal, the sole Indian hope in the women’s singles, has been knocked out by Han Yue of China 21-15, 21-17 in 29 minutes.
Tanisha Crasto-Ashwini Ponnappa, the women’s doubles pairing, will also be in action later today.
P.V. Sindhu and the marquee doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Ranikreddy and Chirag Shetty gave the tournament a miss.