Thomas Cup Final 2022: "Deserves a Thai massage!" - Twitter erupts as Lakshya Sen comes from behind to win over Tokyo Olympic bronze medal winner Anthony Ginting

Lakshya Sen came from behind to stun Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist.
Lakshya Sen came from behind to stun Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist.

India's top-ranked player and 20-year-old Lakshya Sen fought valiantly to record a come-from-behind win over Anthony Ginting of Indonesia 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 in the first match of the Thomas Cup 2022 Final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on Sunday.

Lakshya started on a horrid note and was beaten comprehensively in the first game but brought out his best to beat the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist in the second game to force a decider.

He closed out the second game with a brilliant cross-court winner. He kept inching ahead with a slender lead in the third and was playing catch-up at the mid-game break.

The change of ends seemed to have done a world of good for the Indian as he grew from strength to strength to leave the Indonesian player wanting for answers.

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He was trailing by four points at the mid-game break and then won 14 of the 19 points played to clinch a sensational win.

The win puts India in the driver's seat for the rest of the final. With much experienced players in the doubles and former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth to follow, the young Lakshya put India on a pedestal to start.

Twitter reactions as Lakshya Sen wins the first match

It was just natural for social media to come alive as Lakshya Sen closed out the first match in his favor.

The young Indian had words of appreciation from his team-mate and senior pro, HS Prannoy.

Yas yas yasssssssss @lakshya_sen you beauty !! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿซต1-0 - India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Come onnnnnnnnnnnnn

Former hockey captain Viren Viren Rasquinha lauded Lakshya for his tough match mentality.

Lakshya Sen also a Mentality Monster ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Losing the first game 8-21 and losing 12 points in a row and yet finding the courage to come back and beat Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ginting. Come on ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ @lakshya_sen

Former Indian cricketer Snehal Pradhan congratulated the Indian for emerging on top in a keen tussle to give India the lead.

Lakshya Sen has just come back from a game down to win vs Anthony Ginting, and given India the lead in the #ThomasCup Final. What a time to beat a higher ranked player for the first time in this tournament!If you're not watching, WHY? On Voot.
Supersen mode ๐Ÿ”›@lakshya_sen demoslishes Olympic ๐Ÿฅ‰ medlist, Perfect start ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ’ช#TUC2022#ThomasCup2022#ThomasUberCups#IndiaontheRise#Badminton

Former badminton champion and international player Trupti Murgunde said it was the start that India needed in the final.

Just the start we needed! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ”ฅGreat comeback from @lakshya_sen to beat #Ginting ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 and give ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ a 1-0 lead in the final! ๐Ÿ‘#ThomasCup2022 @BAI_Media @bwfmedia @BWFScore @kheloindia @Media_SAI

Well, fans say Lakshya Sen does deserve one nice massage after that win. And why not?

Lakshya Sen has pulled off a superb win in Bangkok. He deserves a proper Thai massage for that
โ€œItโ€™s not how you start, but itโ€™s how you finish.โ€From losing the first set 21-8 to making a comeback in the second set and going on to win the decider 21-16. Played, Lakshya Sen.#ThomasCup2022
#ThomasCupFinal @lakshya_sen Wow Wow Wow! What a comeback against Ginting!

Words of prophecy from the young Indian player himself.

We are team India !And we are not done yet ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ#ThomasAndUberCups2022

Also read: Thomas Cup final: Our best chance to win, says B Sai Praneeth; several former players back India to beat Indonesia

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Edited by Prasen Moudgal
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