Upcoming shuttler Lakshya Sen managed to successfully overcome a stiff challenge from Finland’s Eetu Heino to progress to the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the SaarLorLux Open Super Tour 100. Also Read - Badminton | PV Sindhu Needs to Give More Attention to Recovery Between Matches to Win Medal at Tokyo Olympics: Vimal Kumar

Lakshya, seeded eighth, who had defeated Heino on way to his title win at Belgian international in September, defeated his opponent 21-18, 18-21, 22-20 in a 56-minute second round match on Wednesday night. Also Read - Badminton: Saina Nehwal Enters Semifinals of Orleans Masters 2021; Ashwini Ponnappa-N. Sikki Reddy Also Reach Last Four

The 18-year-old Lakshya, who had won his maiden BWF World Tour title at the Dutch Open early this month, will face Germany’s Lars Schaenzler next. Also Read - Badminton: PV Sindhu Loses All England Open 2021 Semifinal Against Pornpawee Chochuwong in Straight Games, Knocked Out of Tournament

Other Indians Mithun Manjunath and BM Rahul Bharadwaj also moved to the pre-quarterfinals with straight game wins.

Mithun defeated Malaysia’s Chong Yee Han 21-15, 21-14 to set up a meeting with England’s fifth seed Toby Penty, while Rahul defeated Germany’s Kai Schaefer 21-13, 21-15 and will next face Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen.

Kiran George who had earlier reached the pre-quarterfinals will face Netherlands’ Joran Kweekel on Thursday.

In the women’s field, fifth seeded doubles pair of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh, who got a bye in the first round, will square off against Denmark pair of Julie Finne-Ipsen and Mai Surrow for a place in the quarters.