Indians endure a difficult time at Indonesia Masters

Subhankar Dey, Lakshya Sen bow out in qualification round after a straight games defeat.

By Naveen Peter ·

Indian shuttlers Subhankar Dey and Lakshya Sen had a forgettable opening day of the Indonesia Masters 2020 Super 500 event, bowing out in the qualification round in Jakarta on Tuesday. 

While Dey was no match for Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon, losing his tie 16-21, 12-21, Sen was handed out a defeat by another Thai shuttler, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, 13-21, 12-21.

Tough day for Subhankar Dey

Having struggled to get his 2020 campaign off the ground with a qualification round exit at the Malaysia Masters last week, Dey was expecting for a better rub of the green at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno on Tuesday.

India’s Subhankar Dey bowed out of the Indonesia Masters following a straight games loss on Tuesday.

But the match didn’t pan out as per plans for the Indian as he was pushed to the back seat right away by Avihingsanon who raced to a 11-4 lead in no time to call in the mid-game interval.

From there on, it was an uphill climb for the Indian ranked 45th on the BWF charts. Dey tried his best to reduce the deficit, but Avihingsanon was in no mood to let go of his grip on the game as he pocketed the opener 21-16.

In the second game, though Dey did his best to stay within touching distance with his opponent, once the Thai shifted gears, there was no stopping him from running away with the tie.

The 30-year-old Avihingsanon eked out a 11-9 lead at the mid-game interval and went on to dominate the match to close the tie in just under 40 minutes.

Lakshya Learns it the Hard Way

Coming on the back of a fine season that saw him win a clutch of titles at the lower-ranked events last year, a lot is expected out of India’s rising star Lakshya Sen in 2020. But the 2018 Youth Olympics silver medallist has so far found it difficult to adjust to the quality on display in the senior circuit.

The tale was no different at the Indonesia Masters as well; the 18-year-old Sen couldn’t go past the qualification round following his loss to an experienced Saensomboonsuk in Jakarta.

Saensomboonsuk was quick to assert his supremacy on the tie on Tuesday as he won a few quick points to take a 11-7 lead at the mid-game interval in the opening game.

Though Sen tried his best to test his opponent with his wide range of shots, nothing seemed to bother the 29-year-old Saensomboonsuk who took the opening game 21-13.

The second game was no different as the Thai, after a few initial exchanges, was once again quick to prove his dominance as he managed a 11-7 lead at the mid-game interval before wrapping up the tie 21-13, 21-12.