BENGALURU: After overcoming the pressure of expectations to win the badminton gold medal in men’s singles Commonwealth GamesYoung target Sen He is getting ready to celebrate his 21st birthday next Tuesday before he takes off World Championships in Tokyo (August 22-28).
A boy from Almora, who trains here Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy Here, the trainees and staff returned to their warm welcome Prakash Padukone and PPBA Director and Head Coach U Vimal Kumar.
Talking to reporters at Padukone-Dravid Center for Sports ExcellenceSen said the six-week break he took from tournaments in Malaysia and Singapore helped him perform well in the Birmingham Games.
Compliments from the Master: Appreciates the singles gold medal won by Prakash Padukone Lakshya Sen at the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham on Monday. (TOI photo)
“This was my first experience at the Commonwealth Games, and it feels good to do well. I gave myself this break by taking time off from the tournament earlier. CWG Helped me get better. I didn’t put too much pressure on myself thinking about the results. I went to Birmingham with an open mind but seeing the draw I was confident that if I perform well I can win this tournament. When I missed the tournaments in Malaysia and Singapore, I knew that if I didn’t play for six weeks I wouldn’t be as match fit. Ultimately, the team event matches helped me do well in the second half of the CWG,” said Sen.
The Indian young player said in the final where he defeated Malaysia Ng Tse Yong In three games, including a 42-stroke rally in the decider, the erosion was happening. “All the matches were tough, but the final was a more pressure match. The team event also had some physically demanding games. It was very bad to come back to the final after losing the first game and mentally, the final was the toughest,” said Sen, who is in Japan. Looking forward to a short break after the Open which ends in the first week of September.
Lakshya Sen with his parents Nirmala and DK Sen (second from right), Prakash Padukone (far left) and head coach U Vimal Kumar. (TOI photo)
“As the first game was very close, I was confident that if I continued to play like this, winning the second and third games would not be difficult. Even when I was behind at the beginning of the second game, I did not panic because I knew That I was playing well. I kept the shuttle in play, and I could see that he couldn’t keep up the pace in the second and third. Also, he had two tough matches coming into the final and I only had one. For the final. , I was fresher on the court. I could stretch him and take advantage of the fact that he played an extra match,” said Ace, who also helped India win the mixed team silver. medal
‘Team not disappointed to miss final’
Lakshya said that it was the team’s decision to play Kidambi Srikanth in the final. “I’m not disappointed about missing the team final. Srikanth Bhaiyya beat Yong twice. I played two matches before that in the quarter and semi-final, I felt it was a team decision because they felt they wanted someone fresh on the court. The final, ” he said.
Sweet Success: Lakshya Sen returned to PPBA to a rousing welcome by his fellow trainees. (TOI photo)
“We have a strong team and it takes a lot of pressure off you. The team was motivated, and we had a lot of fun. The team helps take the pressure off. Even if you don’t do well, you come. Come back and support the team. Granted. I’m still learning a lot, sport-wise and fitness-wise. The main aim is to keep the fitness level up and then maintain it when there are back-to-back tournaments. Get some rest so you’re fresh for the next tournament. Thao,” added the target.