World No. 32 HS Prannoy showed a lot of stamina to win a marathon quarter-final against Emil Holst of Denmark 21-14, 19-21, 30-28 at the Bitburger Badminton Open in Saarbrücken, Germany. This ensures that Prannoy continues the recent momentum in his game. 22-year-old HS Prannoy had captured his maiden title at the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold in September.
Confident first game by HS Prannoy
The young shuttler has been playing with confidence at the Bitburger Open throughout the week. In the opening game of his quarter-final, he put pressure on the World No. 57 Holst right from the word go. In a one-sided game, Prannoy played smartly, forcing his opponent into errors to clinch the opener 21-14.
Holst levels the match
There was a brief lapse from the Indian youngster in the second game which the Dane immediately capitalized on. Errors started creeping in and the Dane built a 13-9 lead. However, with some deft touches at the net, Prannoy battled back to 19-19, only to lose the close game 19-21.
The match reached its climax in the marathon third game. The seventh seeded Indian raced away to an 11-6 advantage by mid-game interval. The resilient Holst, though, managed to come back and level at 15-15. Prannoy then appeared to have the match in control as he was the first to reach a 19-16 scoreline.
But his inability to close out the match saw him concede 4 straight points to be down 19-20 next. The tense third game was a stiff test of nerves which finally ended at 30-28 in the seventh seed’s favour. Prannoy saved a total of 3 match points to win the 77 minute encounter by a score of 21-14, 19-21, 30-28.
The Indo-Russian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Vladimir Ivanov lose to top seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock of England in the quarterfinals. Even though they fought hard in the first game, the second game was a washout as the Adcocks won 21-19, 21-9.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar’s run was halted in the men’s doubles quarters by the Chinese sixth seeds Yilv Wang/Wen Zhang who won comfortably 21-11, 21-11.
HS Prannoy climbing up the Ranks
However it is the performance of HS Prannoy that will warm the hearts of Indian supporters. The consistent performance and the ability to grind out a tough win will hold Prannoy in good stead as he makes his move on the International Circuit