BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy stuns former champion Lin Dan in round 2, Sai Praneeth advances

first_imgAce Indian shuttler HS Prannoy caused the biggest upset of the BWF World Championships 2019 so far as he defeated badminton legend Lin Dan in the second round of the men’s singles event on Tuesday.HS Prannoy clinched the first game 21-11 but Lin Dan fought back in the second to win it 13-21. But Prannoy showed his class in the deciding game and gave Lin Dan no chance to come back into the match as he clinched it 21-7 to move into the third round.In the pre-quarterfinals, Prannoy will meet the winner of the second round match between top seed Kento Momota of Japan and Luis Enrique Penalver of Spain.Prannoy completely dominated the first game and led all the way after 2-2. The Indian was ahead at 10-5 and then raced to 19-11 before pocketing it.Lin, who had also won gold in the 2008 Olympics, apart from seven World Championships titles, roared back in the second game. They were tied 5-5 but from there on, the Chinese legend did not give any chance to Prannoy as he easily won the second game to take the match to the decider.Prannoy, however, was not going to be intimidated by the reputation of the former world number one. The Indian reserved the best for the last and just like the first game, Prannoy left Lin far behind after 4-4 and won the deciding game easily to wrap up the match.This was Prannoy’s third win over Lin Dan in his badminton career. The previous two wins came in the Indonesia Open in 2018 (21-15, 9-21, 21-14) and French Open in 2015 (14-21, 21-11, 21-17).advertisementLin Dan had got the better of Prannoy at this year’s Australian Open when he beat the Indian in straight games (21-18, 21-19).Later on Tuesday, 16th seed Sai Praneeth completed a comprehensive 21-16, 21-15 win over Dong Keun of South Korea in the second round.In the women’s doubles, the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponappa N Sikki Reddy got a walkover from Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun in their opening match. They will face seventh seeded Chinese pair of Du Yue and LI Yin Hui in the second round.The men’s doubles pairing of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy beat the French duo of Thom Gicquel and Ronan Labar 21-13, 21-13 in a first round match.Also Read | BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth survives scare, Sameer Verma ousted in 1st roundlast_img

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