BWF World Championship: PV Sindhu bows out, Lakshya Sen creates history and Kidambi Srikanth makes it to the last four

The Indian ace shuttler and Olympic bronze medalist lost her Quarterfinal bout in straight sets to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s singles at the BWF World Championships on Friday. BWF World Championship was called off in 2020 due to the pandemic. Sindhu was the defending champion as she had won the competition in 2019. World No.1 showed her class as she was tough to handle for PV Sindhu. The Indian was outgunned by her Chinese Taipei opponent, losing 17-21, 13-21 in just 42 minutes in the last eight clash.

Lakshya Sen who is just 21 years old created history becoming the youngest Indian to win a men’s singles medal at the BWF World Championship. He also became the fourth Indian to qualify for the semifinals of the BWF World Championships. Lakshya Sen beat Jun Peng Zhao in a thrilling game, 21-15, 15-21, 22-20.

He will be locking horns against another Indian Kidambi Srikanth in the last four stage. Kidambi Srikanth became the third Indian to make the semis in the BWF World Championship in men’s singles with a dominating 21-8, 21-7 win over Mark Caljouw. This would also mean that an Indian will be playing in the Men Singles finals for the first time at the World Championship.

Lakshya Sen trains at Prakash Padukone Academy who was 28 when he won the bronze in 1983 and Sai Praneeth, who ended the 36-year-jinx in 2019 was 27 when he claimed bronze.