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Lakshya claims Bangladesh International Challenge title

Lakshya Sen
 DHAKA, Dec 15: Fast-rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen notched up his fifth title of the season, claiming the men’s singles crown at the Bangladesh International Challenger with a straight game win over Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hao in the final here on Sunday.

 The 18-year-old Indian has capped a superb year with a 22-20, 21-18 win over Hao in the summit clash to clinch his fifth title in last seven tournaments.

“Happy to end the year on a winning note with my 5th international title here in Bangladesh!! Hope to continue my good form in the next year 2020. Like to thank all my sponsors @OGQ_India @Herbalifeindia @YonexInd @Sports_PDCSE @ppba @bai_media,” Lakshya tweeted.

Among other Indians, women’s doubles pair of Maneesha K and Rutaparna Panda went down 20-22, 19-21 to top seeded Malaysian pair of Tan Pearly Koong Le and Thinaah Muralitharan to settle for a runner-up finish.

Men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also failed to outwit fourth seeded Malaysian pair of Yee Jun Chang and Kai Wun Tee, going down 19-21, 16-21 in the summit clash.

Lakshya started his campaign with a 21-5, 21-10 win over compatriot Rajesh Verma in the opening round. He then beat three Malaysians on way to the final.

The Uttarakhand shuttler thrashed MD Tah M Ziyad 21-13, 21-6, before claiming 21-17, 21-9 and 21-9, 21-11 wins over Aisil Soleh Ali Sadikin and Ng Tze Yong respectively.

The top seeded Indian then saw off third seed Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay of Indonesia 21-18, 21-16 in the semifinals. – PTI

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