Lakshya set to become youngest Indian to qualify for World Tour Finals

The 20-year-old from Almora has enjoyed an impressive run on the BWF world tour and is currently ranked fifth in the World Tour rankings. He will join Kidambi Srikanth (ranked 3rd) in the men’s singles competition, two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu (4th) in women’s singles and women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy (6th) at the event, which was shifted from Guangzhou to Bali due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Sindhu and London bronze- medallist Saina Nehwal have competed in the year-ending tournament in the past. While Sindhu is the only Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals in 2018, Saina had reached the summit clash of the BWF Superseries Finals in 2011.

Srikanth and Sameer have reached the knockout stage but couldn’t enter the finals. Lakshya, who claimed five titles in 2019 before COVID-19 suspended the international circuit, has been on a roll with a final finish at Dubai Open and semifinal results at Denmark Masters and Hylo Open.

In the Indonesia leg, Lakshya couldn’t progress deep in the draw after losing twice to top seed and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan. The official list of players qualifying for the World Tour Final will be announced after the conclusion of the ongoing Indonesia open Super 1000 event.

The top eight players and pairs for each category in the Road to Bali Rankings will be invited to compete, where only a maximum of two players or pairs per Member Association are eligible to participate in the World Tour Finals.

  • Indonesia Open: Lakshya Sen, Parupalli Kashyap lose opener
  • Indonesia Masters Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy enter quarterfinals; Lakshya, doubles pairs bow out
  • Sindhu, Lakshya enter second round of Indonesia Masters; Satwik-Chirag lose
  • HYLO Open 2021: Indian challenge ends as Srikanth, Lakshya lose in semifinals
  • HYLO Open 2021: Srikanth, Lakshya reach quarterfinals, Sourabh and Ashwini-Sikki pair crash out
  • HYLO Open 2021: Lakshya Sen, Sikki-Ashwini pair enter second round; Ajay Jayaram bows out
  • Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen lead India’s challenge at HYLO Open
  • French Open Badminton 2021: PV Sindhu, Satwik-Chirag pair enter quarterfinals
  • Lakshya enter quarters, Sameer retires at French Open
  • French Open Badminton 2021: Sindhu, Lakshya win, Srikanth bows out as Saina retires midway
  • Denmark Open 2021: Sindhu, Sameer enter quarterfinals; Srikanth, Laskhya crash out
  • Denmark Open 2021: Lakshya Sen sails into second round, Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy exit

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