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All England Open: Lakshya Sen goes down fighting

Lakshya Sen crashed out in the quarter-finals of the All England Open as he lost to Mark Caljouw.

Lakshya Sen | Credits: Mid day

Lakshya Sen, the Indian teenage sensation made his way to the quarterfinals of the prestigious All England Open. What A spectacular streak for the young boy it has been.

In the first round, he beat Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand who has been in good form 21-18 21-12. In Round 2 he defeated Thomas Rouxel in 53 minutes in a hard-fought match 18-21 17-21. He set up a last-eight clash against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands.

This was the first meeting between Lakshya and Mark Caljouw.

Lakshya Sen | Credits: Mid day

Lakshya kept up the pace in the first half of the first game. However, post the mid-game break Mark kept himself a step ahead with a consisteng gap of point with this attack and took the game 21-17.

The tables turned in the second game as Lakshya Played tactically, played more aggressively and getting errors out of Mark. He fought and won the second game 21-16.

The decider was a crucial game. Mark dominated and went off to a 9-4 lead. Lakshya clawed his way back in narrowing the gap, going 11-15. However, it was mark who could maintain pace and shots as he went up closer to the match pints and clinched the match, 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in 55 minutes of play.

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