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.