Lakshya Sen claimed his fourth title in three months, bagging the Scottish Open with a thrilling win over Brazil’s Ygor Coelho in the men’s singles summit clash in Glasgow on Sunday, 24th November.
The top-seeded Indian overcame his Brazilian opponent 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 in a 56-minute final. During the final, Lakshya had fallen behind in the opening game but he managed to turn the tables and grab a 10-8 lead. Coelho, however, reeled off six straight points to move to a 14-10 lead. Lakshya kept breathing down his opponent’s neck but Coelho ensured he had the bragging rights after the opening game. Stung by the reversal, Lakshya came out firing in the second round and jumped to a 7-0 lead in the second game. The Brazilian slowly clawed back at 17-17 but Lakshya managed to bounce back into the contest.
The decider turned out to be an evenly-fought contest and both the shuttlers battled hard to gain the lead. Coelho enjoyed an 11-8 advantage at the break but a gritty Lakshya kept drawing parity and eventually had the last laugh.