Indonesia Open: Indian Badminton ace HS Prannoy continued his good form in the ongoing Indonesia Super Series and defeated the 8th seeded Chen Long 21-18 16-21 21-19 in a high-voltage men’s singles match that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. With this thumping win, Prannoy entered the semi-final of the tournament along with another Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth. This win came just one day after Prannoy’s victory against the three-time Olympic champion and World No. 3 Lee Chong Wei. “It was an extremely tough match today. But I was confident of doing well. I guess it is because of better fitness that I could play till the end,” Prannoy told PTI after the match.
Ranked number 25, Prannoy was in total control of the match in the windy conditions. He started well and took an initial lead of 8-5 and later extended it to 11-7. Long did make a comeback in the game, taking the score to 15-18 in quick time but fell two points short before Prannoy grabbed the opening set. After the match, Prannoy gave credit to his trainer for this brilliant performance. “After the India Open and Asia Badminton, I really worked on my fitness under the new coach Mulyo Handoyo, who was the coach of Taufik Hidayat. So the training schedule was different. Earlier it used to be in short sessions but now it is long four-hour sessions and I feel it made a lot of difference to us,” he added. This will be Prannoy’s first knockout game in a super series.
Meanwhile, Kibambi Shrikanth also was playing on the other court, also reached the last four round with a 21-15 21-14 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Tzu Wei Wang. Shrikanth dominated the game from the very beginning which last for just 37 minutes. He will now take on second-seed Son Wan Ho of Korea for a place in the summit showdown.