HS Prannoy surprise world number 7 Jonatan Christie and enter the men’s singles 2nd round at the Thailand Open.

A hurting rib and a painful fall could not stop HS Prannoy from upstaging Jonatan Christie in the opening round of the Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday.

He received treatment on his left shoulder and went on to take the match. Indian shuttler HS Prannoy showed nerves of steel to stun world number seven Jonatan Christie and enter the men’s singles second round.

A former top-10 ranking player, Prannoy recovered from a game down to outwit sixth seed Christie 18-21 21-16 23-21 in a thrilling contest that clocked an hour and 15 minutes.

Prannoy, who’d had COVID-19 in November, has been feeling its after-effects – mainly pain in his ribcage, which he surmises is due to a muscle strain caused by coughing continuously. Today he played with that pain throughout, and to make matters worse, suffered a bad fall during a rally which gave Christie match point in the third game.

It is Prannoy’s first win against the Indonesian in last four attempts. Prannoy, who had failed to complete the job after doing all the hard work against Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia last week, seemed determined to never give up. His stroke-play was a treat to watch.

The 28-year-old from Kerala had spent two weeks stressing over his physical and mental health after being down with COVID-19 nearly two months ago.

The infection left him with pain in his ribcage even though everything looked normal in the tests. He could resume training only in the second week of December but again had to go through the ordeal of a false positive result ahead of the Yonex Thailand Open last week.

Christie’s one player who when it comes to the crunch, you can pull it off, because he tries a lot of risky shots. So I had that in mind. And in the third game, the target was to be 7-11 down from the bad side, but it turned the other way because I was up 11-8 and he was playing well. I’m proud that I completed the match.”

“Today I just wanted to stay in there as there were no expectations. I had a fall when he had a match point and hurt my left shoulder. I felt it was dislocated but it went back into place. Right now it’s ok but it might start hurting again after a while.”


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