16-year-old schoolboy from Uttarakhand making waves in International Badminton: The tale of Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen has badminton in his blood, literally. The son of a seasoned badminton coach in Almora, Uttarakhand, Lakshya has been playing the sport since a tender age. But no one could have guessed the heights this shy boy could reach so quickly.
He is currently ranked world number 4 in the junior circuit, having reached the top spot in November 2017. A product of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), he has been training there since the age of 10. He was introduced to the game by his grandfather Chandra Lal Sen, who was a National-level badminton player in his heyday. He has recently completed his 10th standard Beer Sheeba School in his native town.
Mentored by his elder brother Chirag, who is a badminton player himself, the Almora boy has already made a name for himself in a very short span of time. Recently, he won a game a game against the World’s best- Lin Dan before bowing out in the end. Currently ranked 104 in the senior men’s circuit, Lakshya will surely become a household name in the future if he continues on his merry ways.
We list down some astonishing achievement made by the teenager:
- Swiss Open junior tournament champion in 2017.
- Bronze medal in Junior Asian Championship in 2016.
- Reached World Junior No. 1 ranking in 2017.
- Youngest-ever Senior Nationals runner-up in 2017 (defeated top-seed H. S. Prannoy in the quarter final). He lost to Kidambi Srikanth in a tense final.
- Part of India’s squad for the historic Thomas Cup tournament.