NEW DELHI: Indian star commuter suffering from throat infection Lakshya Sen withdrew from the next australian open Super 300 badminton tournament.
The 21-year-old from Almora caught the infection just before the open hylowhere he lost in the first round to Hong Kong Ng Ka Long Angus in Saarbrücken, Germany.
The Australian Open is scheduled for November 15-20 in Sydney.
“I had a fever, sore throat and weakness after reaching Saarbrücken before the Hylo Open. I probably caught the infection coming from Paris,” Sen, who returned home, told PTI on Sunday. in India on Saturday night.
“I thought it wasn’t that bad. I was training last Sunday, then on Monday I felt it got worse. I saw a doctor online and took some medicine. It’s under control now. But given the situation, I have decided to withdraw from the Australian Open.”
The Commonwealth Games champion said the fact that he had no chance of qualifying for the World Tour Finals also played a role in his decision to withdraw from the tournament.
“I had sent in my applications earlier because I thought it would help me qualify for the World Tour Finals, but now that’s not possible, so it’s better that I take a few weeks off, that I get back to full fitness and start my off-season training to be ready for next season.”
The last few months have been difficult for Sen, who underwent surgery right after the world championship for “deviated septum”, a condition that occurs when the thin wall (nasal septum) between the nasal passages is displaced to one side.
“I’ve had these conditions for the past few years. I couldn’t breathe properly on both sides of my nose. One side was completely blocked. The doctors told me it could only be fixed after I reached 18 or 20 year.
“But with a series of tournaments like CWG and the World Championships, there was no time. So after the World Championships I decided to have surgery.”
Sen, the All England silver medalist, said it was the only window as qualification for the Paris Olympics begins next year.
“It took 3-4 weeks to fully recover. But my immunity was down. The operation went very well. But I couldn’t play 100% all the time,” said the current number eight global.
“I started playing just two weeks before leaving for the European tour. As my qualification for the world tour final was at stake and the doctor had also given the green signal, I thought I’d let myself play. ”
So what’s his plan now?
“I plan to spend time with my family, improve and train for next season. I will probably play in PBL,” the Indian Open champion said.
When asked how happy he is with how things have gone in 2022, Sen said: I’m off to a pretty good start. Reaching the final in some events gave me a lot of confidence. I wanted to do well in CWG, All England, World Championships, some I did well, some not but it was a good season.”



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