The badminton match at the India Open between H. S. Prannoy and Priyanshu Rajawat started with the potential for an upset but turned into a one-sided affair after Priyanshu twisted his ankle in the second game. Despite this, Prannoy graciously acknowledged Priyanshu’s rise in the last 18 months after securing a 20-22, 21-14, 21-14 victory in 76 minutes, earning him a spot in the men’s singles quarterfinals.
In addition to Prannoy’s success, the second-seeded duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy avenged their Japan Open loss, defeating Chinese Taipei’s Liu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han with a score of 21-14, 21-15 to advance to the last-eight. Notably, the day saw the elimination of reigning World and defending champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn and two-time World women champion Akane Yamaguchi.
Priyanshu strategically used the slowness of the shuttle to his advantage, disrupting Prannoy’s desired pace. The first game saw both players showcasing good shot-making skills in expected rallies, with Priyanshu eventually winning the opening game.
However, in the second game, Prannoy took an early lead with a 4-0 advantage. Priyanshu’s attempt to return a shot resulted in a twisted right ankle, affecting his performance for the remainder of the match. Prannoy dominated the second and third games, winning crucial points and forcing a decider.
In the deciding game, Prannoy continued his dominance, jumping to a 5-0 lead and widening it to 10-1. Despite a gallant effort from Priyanshu, Prannoy secured the win, making the score-line look respectable before Priyanshu surrendered. Prannoy now looks ahead to face Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the quarterfinals, holding a 6-2 career record against him.
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