Indonesia Masters: Lakshya Sen knocked out in quarter-final after valiant battle against World No. 4 Chou Chen

Indonesia Masters 2022: Lakshya Sen lost to Taiwan star Chou Tien Chen in three games in the men's singles quarter-final in Jakarta on Friday.

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Lakshya Sen lost in 3 games to Chou Tien Chen at Indonesia Masters (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lakshya Sen lost to Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in three games
  • Lakshya struggled with the drift at Istora on Friday
  • Sindhu will take on Ratchanok Intanon in the women's singles quarters

World No. 9 Lakshya Sen's campaign at Indonesia Masters 2022 came to an end on Friday, June 10 after he lost the men's singles quarter-final to World No. 4 Chou Tien Chen. Lakshya came up with a valiant fight against the Taiwanese shuttler but he lost the match which extended to an hour and 2 minutes at the iconic Istora in Jakarta.

Lakshya Sen came back strong after losing the opening game to force a decider. However, the Indian shuttler struggled with drift from one end of the court to concede the match 16-21, 21-12, 14-21.

Lakshya saved 3 match points but a cross-court smash from him went wide, marking the end of a hard-fought contest at Istora.

Notably, this was Lakshya's first tournament after the Thomas Cup victory as the star shuttler had taken a break, missing the Thailand Open.

Laskhya had lost to Chou Tien Chen in a hard-fought match in the Thomas Cup as well as the Taiwanese shuttler, who has reached his second successive Indonesia Masters semi-final, has taken his head-to-head record to 2-0.

All eyes will now be on PV Sindhu as the double Olympic medalist will face 5th seed Rathanok Intanon in the women's singles quarter-final later in the day. Sindhu has lost her last 4 meetings with Intanon, which included a single match at the Uber Cup last month.

Sindhu was made to toil hard for over an hour by Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia before winning 23-21 20-22 21-11 in the second round.