Lakshya Sen enters the final of the SaarLorlux Open

SAARBRÜCKEN (Germany): Lakshya Sen prevailed over Kiran George 21-13, 14-21, 21-9 in an exciting Indian semifinal of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton on Saturday.

Sen, planted eighth in the tournament, needed 37 minutes to win his men's singles in the last four clashes against fellow countryman George and enter the final.

George, ranked 156 in the world, entered the game without losing a set and seemed safe in the second game after losing the first game.

However, his imagined opponent was in his element in the third game and sailed towards the final. Thus, the world number 51 Sen continued to impress in the senior circuit.

The 18-year-old is looking to get consecutive Super 100 titles after his Dutch Open win earlier in October. If he goes all the way, it will be a hat-trick of titles as his previous two tournaments ( Dutch Open Super 100 and Belgian International Challenge) saw him emerge victorious as well.

The semifinal here was the fifth meeting between George and Sen in the international arena, and the latter won all five.

Both had won their respective quarterfinal matches in consecutive games.