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Indonesia Open: Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy gets bested in semis by China’s Zhao Junpeng in straight sets


Prannoy gave hope after defeating Rasmus Gemke in the quarterfinals but was bested lower ranked Zhao Junpeng on Saturday.

File photo of HS Prannoy (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HS Prannoy was enjoying a good patch of form till now
  • Prannoy lost in straight set in the semis
  • Prannoy was the line warrior in the competition

India’s Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy, the last hope of India in the Indonesia Open 2022, was defeated in the semi finals of the competition on Saturday, 18 June. HS Prannoy lost 16-21, 15-21 to China’s Zhao Junpeng in the men’s singles semifinals at the Istoria Stadium. The 29-year-old was the last remaining Indian in the BWF Super 1000 event after top names like P.V Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth had made early exits.

Prannoy became a household name in the country after his tremendous victory against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup. Prannoy, playing the final game of the match came back from behind to take them to the finals of the prestigious competition. India did not need the services of Prannoy in the final match, as they closed the lid on Indonesia 3-0 to win a historic trophy.

On the day, the match started with some engaging rallies, Prannoy, the world No. 23 in the world badminton rankings lost the plot as the Chinese shuttler, ranked 12 places below him, managed to negate the Indian’s strong net game early. By the time Prannoy finally managed to find a foothold in the contest, Junpeng had already taken a handy lead and proceeded to wrap up the first game comfortably.

Prannoy tried to amp up the intensity in the second game, but Zhao Junpeng found an extra bit of class to break free from 7-7 and took a lead winning five points on the trot. The second game had similar end to the first one, with Prannoy being handed a heavy defeat.

(With IANS inputs)



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