There are ways to prepare for a match, and then there’s the Lakshya Sen way.
In just his second Denmark Open appearance, Sen ousted compatriot Prannoy H. S 21-9 21-18 to progress to the quarterfinals and later revealed his intriguing method.
“We didn’t talk for a day,” disclosed Sen.
“You wouldn’t talk to your opponent on the day you play him, would you? We warmed up in the practice hall on opposite sides. We had kebabs last night, talked about random stuff, nothing to do with the tournament.”
With the win, the 21-year-old improved his chances of qualifying for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022.
“The main topic of discussion now in badminton is who is going to qualify. My short-term goal is to do well at the next few tournaments and get enough points. The World Tour Finals is a big deal to me.”
Sen is currently 10th on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou men’s singles standings. Only the top eight qualify.
“I feel in really good shape physically and mentally. In Odense, I’m just taking one match at a time. The first round was tough but wins over Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Prannoy give me a lot of confidence. I can take on anyone.”
Prannoy conceded Sen was “pretty solid”.
“There were no easy errors from him,” said the world No.13. I had to work hard for each point. That’s how it is at Super 750s, the opponents get better.
“We tend not to talk on matchdays. I like to get into the zone and focus on myself and the match.”
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