Another Indian shuttler suffers last mile shock..Lakshya settles for Bronze in World Juniors

Markham, Nov 18: It is case of yet another Indian shuttler failing at the last hurdle.  India's Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal in the World Junior Badminton Championship after suffering a narrow defeat to top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in the men's singles semi-finals.The 17-year-old from Almora, who had clinched the Asian Junior title this year, fought hard before going down 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 to Vitidsarn in a match that went on for an hour and 11 minutes on Saturday."I could not get into my usual rhythm, though I managed to win the first game. But he (Kunlavut) was too strong in the second. I could not play to my strong points and my opponent had all answers to my strokes," said the world junior No. 3 shuttler.Lakshya, who was the last Indian hope in the tournament, began well and in what was a touch-and-go opening game, the Indian seized the opportunity past midway and sealed the extended game in his favour.But the Thai came back strongly in the second game to level 1-1 and keep his chances alive.The Indian, who lacked conviction after losing the second game, was unable to gather himself in the decider as the Thai ran up a good lead and maintained it throughout to secure a place in the final.Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have won a gold in the tournament during the 2008 Pune edition.News24 Bureau/ PTI(Photo: Internet)