India’s young shuttler Lakshya Sen started his campaign on a grand note at the BWF World Badminton Championships with a 2-0 win over Denmark’s Hans Krustiain Wittinges in the first round on Monday. Ninth seed Sen defeated the Danish legend 21-12, 21-11 in straight games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
The 20-year-old Sen had won a bronze medal at the 2021 World Badminton Championships. He was out of the seed list in the previous event, but he defeated many big players including Tokyo Olympic semi-finalist Kevin Corden. Sen had to be content with the bronze medal after losing to compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, defeated Aaminat Nabiha and Fatima Nabaha of Maldives 21-7, 21-9 in the women’s doubles opening round. The mixed doubles pair of Ishan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto defeated Denmark’s Patrick Scheel and Franzskia Volkmann 21-12, 21-13 to enter the second round.
2019 Championships bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth, however, bowed out of the tournament after losing 15-21, 21-15, 15-21 to Chou Tein Chen of Chinese Tapei. Also, Malvika Bansod lost 21-14, 21-12 to Lynn Krustoferson of Denmark in the women’s singles match.
In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost 11-21, 21-19, 15-21 to Japanese pair of Hiroka Okamura and Masayuki Onodera. India is third in terms of player representation in the 2022 World Championships with 26 players, behind Japan (32) and Malaysia (27).