Lakshya Sen clinched his maiden BWF World Tour title by winning the Dutch Open men's singles title after beating Yusuke Onodera of Japan in the finals on Sunday.
After losing the first game, the 18-year-old Indian fought back hard to beat the Japanese opponent 15-21; 21-14; 21-15 in a final that lasted 63 minutes. In the first game, Lakshya fell behind early on and could not take the set, despite coming close couple of time and lost it on 15-21.
The second game saw a see-saw battle with both the platers trying to outwit each other. The Indian grabbed an 8-5 lead at one stage but the Japanese clawed his way back. But Lakshya held is nerve through the game and took the game 21-14.
In the decider, Lakshya came up with a clear strategy and managed to keep his rival at a distance. He led 9-4 before making it 11-8 at the break. After the interval, Lakshya continued to move ahead and slowly marched ahead to shut the door on Onodera.
Lakshya, currently ranked 72nd in the World, had won the Belgian Open last month and reached the finals of Polish Open this year. He had also won the Asian Junior Championships, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year.