International Badminton marks its return with Denmark Open, the first tournament since the All-England Open in March earlier this year. More importantly points are up for grabs for Tokyo 2021 Olympics. As such many players are looking at this as a step towards Olympics.
Representing the Indian contingent are four players who are all participating in the Men’s Singles division. Leading them is Kidambi Srikanth who has previously won the Denmark Open in 2017 and keeping him company are Lakshya Sen, Ajay Jayaram and Shubhankar Dey.
Sen was the only Indian in the first half of the draw and hence the only one in action on day one. All others are in the second half of the draw.
In his opening game at the Denmark Open, he was up against World No 77 Christo Popov of France and he beat the Frenchman in 36 minutes. In the first set he breezed past Popov 21-9 without any difficulty. The second set was much closer at 21-15. At the halfway mark in the second set, it was 11-10 in favour of Sen. From then on he dominated the game with some brilliant smashes and cleverly placed shots as he made his opponent dance around the court.
It was expected to be an easy match for Sen who is currently ranked 28th in the world and was seeded seventh against his unseeded opponent. His opponent in the second round would be the winner of the match between Maxime Moreels of Germany and Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark.