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HS Prannoy’s remarkable 14-21, 21-19, 21-16 upset victory over Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Victor Axelsen in a tense one hour 11-minute long battle in the men’s singles second round.
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Prannoy came back from being down and out in the opening game to tie the match and then win a remarkable match against the world number two. Prannoy won for the first time in six attempts against Axelsen.
PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and HS Prannoy all advanced to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament on Thursday after similar come-from-behind victories in their respective games. Prannoy’s stunning 14-21 21-19 21-16 upset victory over Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Victor Axelsen in a tight one hour 11 minute battle in the men’s singles second round was the highlight of the day.
29-year-old Prannoy did come back from being out and out in the first game to tie the match and then win a spectacular encounter against the world number two. Prannoy won for the first time in six tries against Axelsen. With the victory, the Indian shuttler, ranked 32nd in the world, becomes the first player to defeat the Danish in a full match since March.
In the women’s singles, former world champion Sindhu, who is seeded third, beat Spain’s Clara Azurmendi 17-21 21-7 21-12 in 47 minutes. Sindhu lost the opening game against world no. 47 Azurmendi before putting on a dominant game in the next two games to claim a spectacular victory.
Former world number one Srikanth, on the other hand, beat Indonesia’s sixth seed Jonatan Christie 13-21 21-18 21-15 in one hour and two minutes in the men’s singles second-round game.
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) November 18, 2021
Srikanth, an unseeded player who won the Indonesia Open Super Series title in Jakarta in 2017, will face Prannoy in the quarterfinals.
However, it was over for youthful Lakshya Sen in the men’s singles game, as well as Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy in the mixed doubles.
Kapila and Sikki, on the other hand, lost a hard-fought 15-21 23-21 18-21 battle to the Thai duo of Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran in the second round mixed doubles match.
Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy also crashed out of the event in the second round third seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 18-21 12-21.