October 5, 2020 3:37:02 pm
The lack of momentum due to the COVID-19 disruption has been irritating, concedes fast-rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen, who can’t wait to go full throttle when worldwide badminton resumes with the Denmark Open from October 13.
The 19-year-old claimed 5 titles within the senior circuit final yr, together with two BWF World Tour Super 100 prime honours SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open to zoom to thirty second within the worldwide standings by the top of it. But that was earlier than the lethal pandemic introduced all the pieces to a halt in March this yr.
“It was frustrating as there was no tournament because of the virus. But then it is same for everyone. I just hope we get to play, now that Denmark Open is happening,” Lakshya, who’s at the moment ranked World No 27, instructed PTI.
The shuttler from Almora additionally claimed an enormous win over Asian Games gold-medallist Jonathan Christie at the Badminton Asia Team Championships earlier this yr after which put up a strong battle in opposition to former world champion Viktor Axelsen at the All England Championships.
The Birmingham occasion was the final event to be held this yr with the Badminton World Federation suspending the remainder of the calender due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It might be after seven months that Lakshya will get to play worldwide badminton at the Denmark Open.
“It took two weeks to get back to normal and now I am ready to give my best and see whatever happens. It is the first event for everyone so I can’t expect anything, will just go all out from the start,” he stated.
Talking about his health, he stated: “I’ve improved loads and I’m in a greater form than final yr. I participated in lots of tournaments in 2019 so it was extra about upkeep and taking part in.
“But I’ll solely find out about my sport when tournaments begin. I’ll get a suggestions and examine my degree with final yr. So I’m simply waiting for Denmark Open to begin to test my sport.
“I got a lot of confidence after training for the last few months but unless I play matches, put myself in a pressure situation, I won’t be able to assess myself,” he defined.
Lakshya will begin in opposition to France’s Christo Popov, who gained the primary medal for his nation at the World Junior Championships final yr.
A win will pit him in opposition to both Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama or Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.
“It is a good draw but a lot of top players are not playing. I have played Popov before. I have a 2-1 record against him and I might play Vittinghus in second round, so I will take one match at a time,” he stated.
He can even take part at the SaarLorLux Open which is scheduled to be held from October 27 to November 1 at Saarbrucken, Germany.
“I might be defending a Super 100 title for the primary time at SaarLorLux. So I’m very excited. There are different Indian gamers who’re additionally collaborating. So trying ahead to the event.
“I will be training at the Peter Gade Academy after the Denmark Open and from Germany I will return to Denmark and practice there before returning to India in November end. I had planned it that way as the Asia leg was earlier scheduled in November.”
Lakshya stated he “could try new things during the last few months, which otherwise are not possible in a packed schedule.”
“I worked on strength and my cardio, so there were long running sessions and also we played a lot of other sports like football and basketball which helped to improve our fitness,” he stated.
Asked whether it is tough to deal with the game on this time, he stated: “…it’s however sports activities is a unique subject and even when one thing is going on in your private life or some place else, you possibly can’t permit it to have an effect on you. When you might be on the court docket, you’ve got to focus.
“…when lockdown occurred, I used to be apprehensive as there was a number of uncertainty however now a number of time has handed and we’ve a brand new regular.
“Things will be different and we have to take care of hygiene and safety. Apart from that, we can’t do anything, at the end of the day we are sportspersons and we have to play,” he signed off.
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