I was looking forward to playing big tournaments, competing against better players: Lakshya Sen

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As we all know that all the sporting events have come to halt due to the Novel coronavirus outbreak. Surprisingly, people like Lakshya Sen, who have five titles in his belt was racing towards the top-notch platforms of International badminton before this started.

As the world is suffering from the pandemic, Lakshya is also enduring the uncertain times within the confines of his apartment which is near by the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) in Bengaluru.

Lakshya told, “I was looking forward to playing big tournaments, competing against better players and trying to make it to the top 15 this year. But then everything stopped suddenly, all tournaments suspended. Now I don’t know when they will resume.”

Last year, Lakshya scored five titles under his belt which included two BWF World Tour Super 100 top honors — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open — to zoom to 32nd rank. He is just 18 years old and from Uttarakhand. Currently, he is on 27th rank in the world ranking.

In the Badminton Asia Team Championship he had a big win over Asian Games gold medallist Jonathan Christie of Indonesia. And again in All England Championships, he showed an impressive show against former World Champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the second round.

Lakshya was hoping to play in Swiss Open which was about to held from 17 March to 22 March, but unluckily all the activities were suspended by BWF.

When government restricted all the travelling activities at that time Lakshya was in the middle of the tournament.

Lakshya said, “I had a match to play (second round) when the Ministry had announced travel restrictions. I didn’t think much about it but by the time I had played my match, BWF had cancelled the tournaments.”

“So, we booked the tickets and returned. Initially, our plans were to go to Swiss from there, ” he added.

Right now, Lakshya is spending his time with his family by staying at home. He has company of his mother, his brother Chirag Sen, who is also an international shuttler, and father DK Sen, who is a coach at the PPBA after taking voluntary retirement from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

For having fun, Sen and his family decided to remove furniture from the drawing room and create space so that he can play.

Sen said, “I believe something is better than nothing. So we have removed the dining table and other furniture in the drawing-room to create some space for them to play for fun, at least they can have a feel of the racquet in hand.”

“Sometimes they work on net play, or just work on service because you can’t play shots like tosses or smashes inside the room, in this little space, “she added.

After being asked about the game against the Viktor, Sen said, “Well, he was playing well in All England but he made some mistakes in crucial points. I believe he will need to show more maturity when he takes on big and experienced players.”

All the sporting action have been stopped so Sen and his brother Chirag is trying to stay fit.

“We train for sometime in morning and evening, we do exercises like skipping, bodyweight, core workout, agility training and some wall exercises. We are given weekly schedule from the academy,” Lakshya said.

He further said, “Rest of the time, we watch movies and play games on PlayStation. I do feel restless a bit because there is not much we can do but training helps. It is after a pretty long time that I have got this break, generally, when you are injured you get such a break.”

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