Wednesday, March 29, 2023

HS Prannoy bursts into quarterfinals; Sameer, Ashwini-Sikki lose in Indonesia Open

One of the legends of India’s incredible Thomas Cup win, HS Prannoy proceeded with his rich vein of structure as he burst into the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 competition with a straight-game dominate over Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus here on Thursday.

The 29-year-old from Kerala, who is frantically hoping to break his long term title dry spell, doled out one more great execution to outsmart Ng Long 21-11 21-18 in a subsequent round match that endured 41 minutes.

It was Prannoy’s fourth success over the 27-year-old, who is presently positioned twelfth on the planet.

A previous top 10 player, Prannoy will next confront either Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke or France’s Brice Leverdez.

Among different Indians in the fight, Sameer Verma finished his mission with a 10-21 13-21 misfortune to world number five Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia in the subsequent round.

This was Sameer’s fifth misfortune to Lee in seven gatherings.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy additionally quit the competition subsequent to losing 16-21 13-21 to favorites Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan of China in ladies’ pairs rivalry.

The men’s duplicates matching of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila additionally went down 19-21 15-21 to China’s Liu Yu Chen and Ou Xuan Yi.

In the men’s singles challenge, it was all Prannoy in the primary portion of the initial game as he basically ruled the procedures, getting the drive right on time to lead 11-3 with a thrilling cross court bounce crush.

Prannoy was, in any case, flighty after the span and his natural blunders permitted Ng Long to gather a couple of focuses before the Indian released another cross court crush and made a sound decisions at the gauge to continue to push forward.

Prannoy’s development was smooth as he stirred up the shots and differed the speed well and with his adversary committing mistakes, he had no issues in finishing off the match easily.

He moved to nine game point valuable open doors with an exact crush and fixed it when his opponent went to net.

Previous Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt’s attendance at the mentor’s seat additionally helped Prannoy as he was seen talking with the player during the mid-game stretch. Gurusaidutt is on his most memorable task with the Indian group subsequent to resigning from the game.

Ng Long gave a superior presentation in the second game as his developments improved and he figured out how to remain on the meetings yet Prannoy did well to keep his nose ahead at 9-7 with a profit from his rival’s back hand corner.

He had a two-point pad at the mid-game span after the Hong Kong player went wide once more.

The Indian stretched out his lead to 16-11. Ng Long delivered incidental champs however he was excessively sporadic, while Prannoy released another leap crush to again wriggle out.

Eventually, an exact profit from the standard gave Prannoy four match focuses. He wasted two preceding changing over the third opportunity with a flourishing crush following a magnificent meeting.

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