Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and BM Rahul Bharadwaj advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event at the Dutch Open Super 100 tournament on Thursday.
Lakshya, who had earlier clinched the Belgian Open last month, entered the quarter-finals after registering a hard-fought three-game win over Brazil’s Ygor Coelho. The 18-year-old from Almora defeated Coelho 21-13, 16-21, 21-10 in a tough pre-quarterfinal contest that lasted for 43 minutes.
Rahul too advanced to the last eight round after pulling off a stunning win over sixth seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark 21-17 24-26 21-8. The match lasted for an one hour and 14 minutes.
However, both the Indians will not progress together since Lakshya and Rahul have been pitted against each other in the quarter-finals.
Another Indian in fray, top seed Sameer Verma, who had skipped events at China and Korea due to fitness issues, will take on Japan’s Yusuke Onodera in the round of 16 later on Thursday night.