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From being dejected at not being chosen to the Indian staff, to turning into the toast of the nation, it has been a exceptional transformation for Lakshya Sen in lower than six months.
The loss within the first spherical of the choice trials final August rankled the brand new poster boy of Indian badminton, however he was clearly below-par then as he was down with a abdomen an infection.

Harm and really annoyed, the 20-year-old from Almora was at a loss when he obtained an invitation from Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen to coach with him in Dubai.
Axelsen had shifted his coaching base from Denmark to Dubai after successful the Olympic gold in Tokyo. He invited 5 shuttlers – reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew Singapore, Brian Yang of Canada, Toby Penty of Denmark, Felix Burestedt of Sweden and Lakshya – to coach with him on the Nad Al Sheba Sports activities Complicated.
“Lakshya was upset at that second. I advised him that these items occur to fringe gamers. Try to be like Srikanth, Sindhu and Saina. Then this type of choice points wouldn’t matter,” coach Vimal Kumar recalled telling his ward.


“We advised him to go to Dubai and Lakshya benefited from coaching there. He was impressed by how Axelsen organised all the pieces on his personal. Lakshya was on his personal in European event, the place he learnt the way to react to specific totally different conditions. That’s truly serving to him to react and alter technique instantly on the court docket,” Vimal advised TOI on Sunday.
Lakshya and Loh benefited probably the most from that camp. Whereas Loh went on to grow to be the world champion, Lakshya received bronze on the Worlds, clinched India Open Tremendous 500 title and has now reached the ultimate of the All England (to be modified if he wins).
Prakash Padukone’s radical transfer in 2011 – to graduate all of the senior gamers on the Padukone Academy and focus solely on coaching juniors – additionally helped Lakshya, Vimal mentioned. The Academy was transformed right into a Nationwide Age-Group Coaching Centre. Although Vimal was chilly to the thought initially, Prakash and the opposite associate Vivek, have been sure that the thought would work.


The academy then performed a U-13 event. DK Sen got here along with his two sons – Lakshya and Chirag – and each the boys joined the academy.
Saina’s hand in creating Lakshya
Saina Nehwal’s choice to shift base to Bangalore in September 2014 additionally benefited Lakshya. It was an excellent expertise for the boys as they obtained an opportunity to spar with Saina on the peak of her prowess. Whereas Saina might simply defeat the remainder, Lakshya was the one one who at all times obtained the higher of her throughout coaching. “Saina’s arrival truly helped all of the youthful ones. Lakshya was the one one who used to beat her in follow. This stuff motivated him loads,” Vimal mentioned.


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