Lakshya Sen cruises to first-ever Dutch Open final

The Indian teenager beat Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 21-12, 21-9 in the semi-final.

By Saurabh Shankar ·

India’s young prodigy Lakshya Sen was too strong for Sweden’s Felix Burestedt in the semi-finals of the 2019 Dutch Open Super 100 Series in Almere, Netherlands.

The Indian cruised to a 21-12, 21-9 win and will now take on either Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the final.

Deadly drops

After a resounding straight-games victory in the quarterfinals over compatriot Rahul Bharadwaj, Sen was confident going into his semi-final and got to an early 5-2 lead in the first game. From there on, the Indian always kept control of the lead and never allowed his Swedish opponent a chance to mount a comeback.

Sen’s main weapon of choice in the first game was his drop shot, which he seemed to play from almost anywhere on the court.

Burestedt struggled to find answers to the drop shots, finding the net with most of his returns. The Indian though struggled to keep a few of his crosscourt shots within bounds, conceding most of his points due to that slight flaw.

The 18-year-old Indian led 11-6 at the interval of the first game, but conceded a slew of points soon after to get the score to 12-10. However, Sen showed great maturity and composure at that stage picking up seven points on the trot to eventually win the first game 21-12.

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Sen in control

Sen commanded the early exchanges of the second game. He took a staggering 8-0 lead into the game and went into the interval with a 10-2 advantage.

Burestedt tried to stage a slight comeback as he used his height advantage and connected with a few of his smashes. But Sen, a former Junior World No.1, was too strong for the Swede playing a few precise shots to once again reinstate his superiority. The Indian eventually clinched the match 21-12, 21-9 to advance to the finals of the Dutch Open.