India’s HS Prannoy confronted stiff resistance earlier than prevailing in opposition to native hero Daren Liew because the Indian shuttler progressed to the boys’s singles second spherical of the Malaysia Open, right here on Tuesday.
A former top-10 participant, Prannoy, who had reached the semifinals of Indonesia Open Tremendous 1000 earlier this month, emerged a 21-14 17-21 21-18 winner in 62 minutes.
The 29-year-old from Kerala, ranked twenty first at the moment, will face fourth seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese language Taipei subsequent on the Tremendous 750 badminton event.
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Prannoy was sluggish off the mark however opened up a wholesome 11-7 lead on the break. His strokes penetrated the defence of his opponent, who seemed little passive as Prannoy was rewarded for his alertness and higher management within the rallies.
The Indian saved placing the shuttles on the proper areas and with Liew making some uncharacteristic errors meant Prannoy’s lead was not threatened.
In the long run, it was one other return on the baseline which gave Prannoy the bragging rights.
After the change of sides, Liew took a 7-4 benefit with Prannoy going to the nets repeatedly. The Indian quickly turned the tide together with his smashes on his rival’s forehand.
After the break, Prannoy tried to play at a great tempo however a sequence of unforced errors, primarily on the internet, handed 4 recreation factors to Liew and he sealed it with a smash.
Within the decider, Prannoy moved up 6-3 however Liew once more clawed his manner again with three factors, together with an excruciating rally which left Prannoy flat on the bottom.
The duo performed with electrifying tempo and Prannoy managed to eke out a 3 level cushion on the interval.
The second half of the decider was a roller-coaster journey as Liew saved respiratory down Prannoy’s neck however the Indian ensured he had the final snicker, sealing the competition with one other highly effective smash which Liew despatched large.
Prannoy’s win introduced some cheers to the Indian camp after B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma made early exits.
Whereas Praneeth went right down to world quantity six Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, Sameer misplaced to world quantity 8 Jonatan Christie, additionally from Indonesia.
The 30-year-old Praneeth, at the moment ranked world quantity 19, misplaced 15-21 21-19 9-21 to Ginting in a 50-minute males’s single match.
This was eight assembly between the 2 gamers with the Indonesian now main the head-to-head report 5-3. They final performed on the 2020 Asian Workforce championships the place Ginting gained the competition after Praneeth retired because of an harm.
Sameer, who’s making a comeback from harm, fought for 49 minutes earlier than shedding 14-21 21-13 7-21 in one other match.
In doubles, girls’s pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy additionally bowed out of the event after shedding 15-21 11-21 to Japanese duo of Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida, seeded sixth.
(With inputs from Companies)