World No. 32 HS Prannoy’s superb run at the Bitburger Badminton Open came to an end as he was ousted by Scott Evans of Ireland 16-21, 10-21 in the semi-finals.
Fatigue was a factor
After a marathon 77 minute quarter-final yesterday against Emil Holst, Prannoy was surely tired and didn’t have much left in the tank. The fatigue reflected in his performance as he couldn’t put up much resistance against the World No. 35 Evans and went down in 33 minutes.
Prannoy unable to convert a good start
The 22-year-old from Kerala had been in splendid form recently. He had captured the Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold title and reached the final of Vietnam Open in September.
In the Bitburger Open semi-final against Evans, the Indian raced ahead to a 8-2 lead. But Prannoy was slow on his feet and the effects of his quarter-final meant that he could not hold on to the lead much longer.
The 11th-seeded Irishman clinched the next nine points to be 11-8 at the interval. The World No. 35 took every opportunity to tire Prannoy further by making him run all over the court. The tactic worked as Evans seized the first game 21-16.
The second game was totally lopsided as a confident Evans didn’t have much trouble in closing out the match 21-16, 21-10.
With this victory, the Irishman levelled his head-to-head record against HS Prannoy to 1-all.
HS Prannoy’s semi final appearance proves that he is making his move on the International circuit.