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Youth Olympics 2018, Badminton: Lakshya Sen vs Shifeng Li, Men's Singles Final, Live Score and Match Updates

Li Shifeng def Lakshya Sen 21-15, 21-19 in 44 minutes to take the gold
Updated: 13 October 2018 00:34 IST - Published: 12 October 2018 23:42 IST
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Final score: Li Shifeng def Lakshya Sen 21-15, 21-19 in 44 minutes to take the gold
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THIS TIME LI DOES IT!!!! 

AND HE LIES DOWN ON THE COURT TO CELEBRATE!
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Sen saves yet another match point!

19-20
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Big smash from Li and he even started celebrating!

But it was OUT!

Sen 18-20
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Yet another point for Sen!

17-20
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Sen finds the corner!

16-20
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Very costly error from Sen at the net.

Li now has match points!

20-15
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Li is back in business, moves ahead to 18-14 now.

Are Sen's hopes over?
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But Sen finds some fire here and gets three quick points in a row!

So much can change in just seconds in badminton!

Sen now trails 14-16
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Li is now up 16-11
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But Li ends Sen's run here....very, very fresh and spirited.

Sen, on the other hand, is looking jaded and lost on the court.

Clearly the long semi-final took a toll on him.
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And that has started a run of points for Sen!

Sen is now trailing 11-14
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One point back for Lakshya as he blocks the net for Li, forcing him to go for a lob!

Li still up 14-10
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It's smooth sailing for the Chinese as he jumps ahead to 12-7
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Sen continues to send the shuttle long and that has given Li an 11-7 lead at the mid-game interval.
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Sen is trying hard but the Chinese looks more solid, more determined, more aggressive and obviously not letting errors hamper his game.

Li up 8-6
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His precision has again gone missing....missing angular dropshots!

Sen 4-7 now
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Now the Chinese has inched ahead to 5-3

Sen is still struggling with his energy levels
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Li is using his height well to go for jump smashes!

3-3
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Tremendous defence from the Chinese helps him to level matters.

2-2
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A lot more aggression from Sen to start the second game...he gets the first point
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Sen gets one point back but Li takes the first game 21-15.
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Sen targeted a down-the-line smash but he missed it,

Game points to Shifeng Li

20-14
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The streak ends and Li gets two points in a row to inch ahead to 18-13
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A rattled Li starts missing his bread-and-butter down-the-line shots as well

Sen 13-16
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Now Sen is engaging Li in long rallies to extract errors out of him.

SIX POINTS IN A ROW FOR SEN!

12-16
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FOUR POINTS IN A ROW FOR SEN!

10-16
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Sen bags a couple more points and closes the gap to nine points.

7-16
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Li is very, very fast and has remained alert. The same cannot be said for Sen.

Li up 15-6
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Li is going for down-the-line shots now to trouble Sen and surprise him.

He is up 14-5
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A bit more speed from Sen after the break and he is also trying to play smart by incorporating delicate touches.

Trails 4-12
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Li is maintaining his speed and accuracy while Sen is looking full of doubts at the moment.

It is 11-2 to Li going into the mid-game interval.
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Lack of accuracy hurting Sen now as every other time he is hitting the shuttle out.


Sen trails 2-9
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It is 8-1 for the Chinese as he is finding it pretty easy at the moment
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Very good angles from Li as Sen is struggling to find his rhythm and form.

He is slipping a few times as well.

Li up 5-1
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It is a strong start from the Chinese as Sen looks very slow on the feet and is error-prone early on in this match.

Li up 3-1
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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda live blog of the boys' singles final between Lakshya Sen and Shifeng Li. While Sen is seeded fourth, Li is seeded fifth.

Sen is the favourite in this clash. He saved a match point yesterday in a thrilling semi-final win over the second seed Kodai Naraoka of Japan. It was the Indian's first win over Naraoka. Having notched up his first match over his nemesis, and that too after giving up huge leads multiple times, Sen must have got a huge boost of confidence.

HS Prannoy remains the only Indian to win a badminton medal from this event so far. He got the silver medal in 2010. Sen is aiming to become the first Indian shuttler to win a gold medal from the Youth Olympics to add to his already glittering resume which has the Asian Junior Championships gold medal and a Junior World No. 1 ranking.