Badminton: India Open Title Winners

India’s Lakshya Sen secured his maiden Super 500 title by winning “Yonex-Sunrise India Open”, on January 16, 2022.

Key Facts

  • He secured the title with a stunning straight-game victory over reigning world champion from Singapore, Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final.
  • 20-year-old Lakshya had earlier claimed his maiden world championships medal with a bronze in Spain in December 2021.
  • He produced a fine performance of 24-22 21-17 in the summit clash. The clash lasted for 54 minutes.

Doubles’ final

In the doubles’ final, top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won against three-time world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia. The pair become India’s first men’s team to win the Yonex-Sunrise India Open. The world no 10 Indian pair had won its first Super 500 tournament in 2019 in Thailand.

India Open

India Open is an annual badminton event. It has been held in India since 2008. It is a BWF World Tour Super 500 Grade international badminton tournament. The event was inaugurated in 2007 in Hyderabad, however the it was cancelled amid Hyderabad bombings. The first three editions of the India Open were designated as Grand Prix Gold events. It was upgraded to BWF superseries tournament in 2011. In between 2011-2019, the event was held annually at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. India open is categorised as one among seven BWF World Tour Super 500 events by BWF since 2018.

Badminton World Federation (BWF)

BWF is the international governing body, recognised by International Olympic Committee, for the sport of badminton. It was founded in 1934 as International Badminton Federation (IBF), comprising of nine member nations namely, Canada, England, Denmark, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland. In 1981, IBF was merged with World Badminton Federation and its name was changed to Badminton World Federation in September 2006.

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