Sofia, August 18: Young Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen shines in Bulgaria Open International Series and clinched the title on Thursday. Lakshya Sen clinched Bulgaria Open after notching up a hard-fought win over Croatia's Zvonimir Durkinjak in the men's singles final in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Indian shuttler defeated second seed Zvonimir 18-21, 21-12, 21-17 in a 57-minute match. Lakshya lost first set but made an aggressive comeback in the second and third set and defeated Zvonimir with a vast margin. Lakshya Sen who turned 16 on Thursday defeated Sri Lanka's Dinuka Karunaratna 21-19 21-14 in the semi-finals.
Lakshya’s coach Vimal Kumar said, "It is a creditable achievement for Lakshya. He is still a junior but he has been able to win tournaments and that is a good sign. We had sent five players on a 10-day training trip with the French national team. He trained under the great Peter Gade and it has benefitted him."
"He had a good tournament. He beat the top seed Sam Parsons in the first round. He won the junior National and also was a finalist at Senior Nationals this year and it gave him a lot of confidence to beat top players like HS Prannoy. So I feel if groomed properly, he does have a great future," Kumar added.
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. Last year, Lakshya won the India International Series and clinched a bronze at the CPB Badminton and Sports Science Training Center in Thailand.