24-year-old Indian shuttler H.S Prannoy outclassed his Malaysian counterpart Lee Chong Wei 21-10, 21-18 in straight games to reach the quarter-final of the men’s singles.
The Delhi-born shuttler, having missed the Singapore and Malaysia Superseries, took a break to recover from his injury, and he couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Following the footsteps of his national compatriot Kidambi Srikant – who got the better of Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen in a hard-fought encounter earlier today, Prannoy – ranked 25th – didn’t sweat much to reach the milestone.
Prannoy, soon after the kick-off, put Lee Chong Wei under pressure and took an early 5-0 lead. He continued to dominate the Malaysian by stretching his lead to 14-7 and then only allowed Lee Chong to take three more points, winning the first game 21-10. It only took 14 minutes for Prannoy to outclass the six-time Indonesia Open champion in the first game. The second game, however, was a difficult story.
Prannoy did start the game brightly, but a couple of errors allowed Lee to reduce the deficit. While at one point in time Prannoy was leading 8-5, Prannoy’s slip-ups allowed Lee to equalize at 13-13. The Delhi-born took a flight to 17-13, but Lee was never the one to deny, equalling the score at 17-17 yet again. Giving away just one more point, Prannoy booked his ticket to the quarter-final, eliminating the six-time Indonesia Open champion with relative ease.