Sofia, August 17: Young Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen continuing his good form defeated Poland's Michal Rogalski and swiftly entered into the semifinals of the Bulgaria Open International Series at Sofia in Bulgaria on Wednesday.
Lakshya who hails from Uttarakhand and reached the finals at Senior National Championship in February registered a commanding victory over Michal Rogalski by 20-22, 21-18, 21-15 in a men's singles match that lasted for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Lakshya gave a tough fight to his Poland’s opponent in the thrilling match after losing the first set by 20-22. However, doing a strong comeback, Lakshya took command over his opponent and won the second set by 21-18. Keeping up his performance, Lakshya played more aggressively and scored points at every interval in the third set. On the other side, Michal Rogalski had no answer of Lakshya’s immediate and continuous attack and failed to match with Indian shuttler. Lakshya easily won the decisive set and won the match.
Lakshya Sen who turned 16 today, will next take on Sri Lanka's Dinuka Karunaratna in the semifinals on Thursday. Interestingly, the World Junior No. 1 shuttler Lakshya was sent to train under former All England champion Peter Gade, who is currently the head coach of France.
Meanwhile, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka lost to the local hope Maria Delcheva in the quarterfinals of women's singles competition by 21-16, 17-21, 17-21. Earlier, Vaishnavi won her first international title in June this year when she triumphed in the U-15 girls singles and U-17 girls double at the Pilot Pen Age Group Badminton Championship in Singapore.