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Badminton New Zealand Open 2018, Men's Singles, Round-of-16: Lakshya Sen vs Lin Dan, Live Match Updates

Dan def Sen 15-21, 21-15, 21-12
Updated: 03 May 2018 13:20 IST - Published: 03 May 2018 09:59 IST
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Goodbye!
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Sen made a brilliant start, but Dan had two much power and resourcefulness in the end. 

That was surely one meeting that Sen will cherish for a long time and will look to learn from.

The 16-year-old has already shown so much potential at such a young age. If he can keep working hard like he has been, his future looks very, very bright.
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Final score: Dan def Sen 15-21, 21-15, 21-12
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And Dan gets the win!

21-12
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Dan has raced ahead to match points now.

20-12
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Crosscourt forehand smash from Dan he as he pins Sen to his backhand side.

18-12
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Pitch perfect placement into the corner from Dan!

18-12
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What a putaway from Dan!

17-12
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What a backhand volley from the teen!

12-16
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Sen is thinking well but is going wide as he fails to execute the shots under pressure.

Sen trails 11-16
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Dan stops his comeback and attacks his backhand.

Dan up 14-10
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The placement has been spot-on. Sen now pushes the shuttle deep so that it drops right on the backline.

He trails 10-12
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Sen gets yet another point and makes it 9-12
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Brilliant aggression and all-court movement from the lad post-break.

Forces Dan to go wide.

Now trails 8-12
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Sen can't control the Dan drop again.

The Chinese is up 11-6 going into the break.
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Crosscourt half smash by the Chinese again!

Up 10-6
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Sen gets a point back.

5-9
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Another long rally ends on a Dan drop. The dropshots are surprising Sen.

Dan up 9-4
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Superb smash by Dan!

7-4
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They are using every inch of the court.

With a drop, Dan goes up to 6-4
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Sen attempted to go down the line but went wide.

Trails 3-5
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Brilliant slice shot from the former World No. 1.

His sudden injection of pace is troubling the young Sen.

Dan up 4-2
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What a sharp half smash from Dan!

What an angle!

2-2
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And it's 1-1
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First point to Sen in the decider!

1-0
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Dan levels this match!

He takes the second game by an identical score of 21-15
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Sen saves one
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He now has six game points.

20-14
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Dan kept Sen running all over the court but sent the shuttle wide.

19-14
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Dan maintains the 6-point lead!

19-13
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Sen pulls back a couple of points.

12-18
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2 fast points go the Chinese shuttler's way

18-10 he leads
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It's a six-point gap between the two now.

Sen trails 10-16
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Lin Dan now adds a couple of points to go up to 16-9
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Sen is steadily eating away Dan's big lead but still has a long way to go.

9-14
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Sen pulls back a couple of points and now trails 7-13
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It's 12-5 to the Chinese at the moment.
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Lin Dan goes up to 11-4 at the midgame interval.
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It's 9-3 now for the Chinese
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Lin Dan now has a five-point advantage.

8-3
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And he is alternating it with his aggressive show.

Lin Dan is in control of the early proceedings in Game 2.

7-3
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Lin Dan is winning the battle of defence now. 

He is up 5-3
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After a couple of fast exchanges, the Chinese still keeps his slender lead at 3-2
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Now the Chinese is ahead 2-1
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And we are quickly at 1-1
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Second game starts with a long rally and it ends on a Lin Dan error.

Sen 1-0
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Wow! That was a brilliant show from the teen under pressure!
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And Sen takes the first game 21-15
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5 game points for the Indian!!!!

20-15