India’s Lakshya Sen and Rahul Bharadwaj will face off in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Dutch Open Super 100 Series on Friday as they recorded victories in their respective third-round ties in Almere, Netherlands.
While Sen, the 2018 Youth Olympics silver medallist, got the better of Ygor Coelho of Brazil 21-13, 16-21, 21-10, Bharadwaj beat the sixth seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark 21-17, 24-26, 21-8.
The 18-year-old Sen was in top form as he hardly wasted any time to get into the act and wrap up the opening game 21-13.
The second game was largely different as Coelho took the fight to his opponent with a flurry of attacking shots that saw him race to an 11-9 lead at the mid-game interval. From there on, it was all about the Brazilian holding on to his lead as he took the game 21-16.
Sen, however, was back in his rhythm as he used the court well and mixed his shots to push the Brazilian to his limit. The Indian came up with some exquisite cross-court smashes that had Coelho gasping for breath and some delicious drop shots that left the Brazilian wanting time and again.
Though Coelho did his bit to prolong the tie, he could not deny the inevitable as Sen took the third game and along with it the match to further progress in the competition.
Top seed tumbles
Meanwhile, top seed Sameer Verma was not at his best against Japan’s Yusuke Onodera in his third-round tie as he bowed out of the competition after an 18-21, 21-19, 14-21 loss.
The 24-year-old India was barely allowed any time to get into his rhythm as Onodera started on top with some smart badminton. The Japanese shuttler banked on his drop shots to invite Verma to the net and then come up with a fine back-court smash to have the Indian in trouble.
Though Verma found a way around the Japanese and took the second game, Onodera was once again at his best in the third as he rallied from a 9-11 deficit at the change of ends to win the match.