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All England 2022: Lakshya Sen beats world no. 7 Lee Zii Jia in Semifinal

By Rohit - March 19, 2022 - Last updated on Mar 20, 2022 12:05 AM All England 2022: Lakshya Sen beats world no. 7 Lee Zii Jia in Semifinal

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Indias Lakshya Sen stunned Lee Zii Jia 21-13, 12-21, 21-19 in three games to enter his maiden final at All England Championships. World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya had advanced to the semis after his opponent Lu Guang Zu of China gave a walkover. Sen had earlier stunned World No 3 and two-time medallist at World Championships, Anders Antonsen of Denmark, 21-16 21-18 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.

Lakshya Sen becomes the fifth Indian to reach the finals at All England Open.

In the previous meeting between Lakshya and Zii Jia, which was at the India International Series back in 2016, the Indian had emerged victorious. Zii Jia dominated Momota for the major part in the quarter-finals and Lakshya will have to put up a resilient show against the Malaysian’s attacking approach.

‘Lakshya will be one of the top players. Lee was effusive in his praise for Lakshya and described the Indian as someone who can be among the top players in the future. “Lakshya Sen has performed quite well recently and for me, I want to keep it the same way and enjoy the game,” said Lee. “He’s getting there and in future he will be one of the top players, of course.” “I tried to speed up the game in the rubber and focus on my attacking shots. The strategy worked well and this win will give me lots of confidence,” Lee said on his win against Momota.

Indian player in All England Final history:

  1. 1947: Prakash Nath (runner-up)
  2. 1980: Prakash Pradukone (champion)
  3. 1981: Prakash Pradukone (runner-up)
  4. 2001: Pullela Gopichand (champion)
  5. 2015: Saina Nehwal (runner-up)
  6. 2022: LAKSHYA SEN
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