HS Prannoy beat world number four player
World No. 21 Prannoy will next take on seventh seed Jonathan Christie of Indonesia, against whom he has won three matches and lost five matches.
Two-time Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Thomas Cup (Thomas Cup) HS Prannoy, who played a key role in India’s title win in 2014, registered a contrasting victory to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open Super 750 tournament on Thursday. The unseeded who won all his matches during India’s historic title win in the Thomas Cup Prannoy (HS Prannoy) In the biggest upset of the day, he defeated world number four Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-15 21-7 in a match that lasted more than 30 minutes.
Prannoy had a slow start
The 29-year-old Prannoy, who made it to the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open last week, made a slow start in both the matches but once he got the momentum, the Indian gave no chance to the opponent and made 12 consecutive points to make it to the last eight. World No. 21 Prannoy will next take on seventh seed Jonathan Christie of Indonesia, against whom he has won three matches and lost five matches.
Chen made a good start against Prannoy in the first game to lead 4-1 but the Indian made a comeback to push the world number four on the back foot with his sharp smashes. Prannoy leveled at 6-6 and then put pressure on the opponent by taking a 12-8 lead. Prannoy took this lead to 18-13 and then won the first game in 17 minutes with a cross court smash. In the second game too, Prannoy tied the score at 4-4 after trailing Chen scored 7-9 but Prannoy won the game and match with 12 consecutive points. Earlier, Sindhu was playing with a player from Thailand for the first time and it took time for the Indian player to understand the game of the opponent.
PV Sindhu was defeated in the first game
Former world champion Sindhu took time to adjust to Thailand’s Phitayaporn Cheiwan’s game. World No. 7 Sindhu defeated her opponent 19-21 21-9 21-14 in the second round match that lasted 57 minutes after losing the first game. The seventh seeded Indian will next take on arch-rivals Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the next round. Sindhu has lost 15 matches against Tai Tzu while she has won only five matches.
Sindhu presented a tough fight but the 21-year-old finally smashed to win the first game. Sindhu did better in the second game and scored 1-1. In the third and deciding game, there was a tough competition between the two. Both the players were tied 10-10 but Sindhu won the best rally of the match to lead 11-10. Sindhu took a 13-10 lead and then took it to 18-14 and easily won the game and the match. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, however, went down 19-21 10-21 against Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidasarn in 44 minutes.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty walk over in men’s doubles
Meanwhile, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gave a walkover to the local pair of Goh Ji Fei and Noor Izuddin. An official said, Satwik had a muscle strain. He was better today but he was not in a playing condition and due to the close of Commonwealth Games, the coach and physio advised him not to play. So Satvik-Chirag decided to leave.