Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen spearhead India's challenge at HYLO Open

Lakshya Sen, ranked world no 22, had a decent outing at the Denmark Open and French Open with the second round and quarterfinal finishes.

Lakshya Sen in a file photo; Credit: Lakshya Sen Twitter page

Top shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and in-form Lakshya Sen will spearhead the Indian challenge at the HYLO Open Super 500 badminton tournament beginning on Tuesday. Sixth-seeded Srikanth showed signs of returning to form last week as he put up a spirited fight against two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan before losing in the French Open second round.

The Indian lost the match narrowly after squandering a two-point lead in the decider but he will look to take focus on the positives and put his best foot forward when he begins his campaign here against Japan’s Koki Watanabe.


Lakshya Sen, ranked world no 22, had a decent outing at the Denmark Open and French Open with the second round and quarterfinal finishes respectively. He will look to continue the momentum when he takes on France’s Thomas Rouxel in the opening match. The 20-year-old from Almora will be eager to get over the disappointment of having to pull out of the event last year after his father and coach DK Sen had tested COVID-19 positive.

Sameer Verma ranked 21, also had a good outing in the last two weeks, reaching the last 16 and final eight respectively but his campaign was cut short by a calf injury as he retired midway on both occasions. The 27-year-old from Dhar is scheduled to take on Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in his campaign opener but a question mark still remains on his fitness.

Among other Indians in the event, which was earlier known as SaarLorLux Open, former champion Subhankar Dey will meet Korea’s Lee Dong Keun, HS Prannoy has been pitted against Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen, while Sourabh Verma will cross swords with Max Weisskirchen of Germany.


India’s double Olympic medallist, P V Sindhu, failed to reach the women’s singles summit clash at the 2021 French Open in Paris after going down fighting to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in three games here on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from Hyderabad squandered a one-game advantage to lose 21-18 16-21 12-21 against the world number 43 Takahashi, a bronze medallist at the 2013 and 2014 Asian Championships. It was her fourth defeat to the 29-year-old Japanese in eight meetings. Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had lost in the quarterfinals at the Denmark Open last week in Odense.

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