Singapore Open: Parupalli Kashyap advances to semifinals, injured HS Prannoy concedes match

Kashyap continued his impressive form, advancing to the semifinals of Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament.

By: Press Trust of India | Singapore | Published:April 11, 2015 12:57 am
Parupalli Kashyap, Parupalli Kashyap Badminton, Parupalli Kashyap India, India Parupalli Kashyap, Parupalli Kashyap Singapore Open, Badminton News, Badminton Kashyap hardly broke any sweat against Brice as he dished out a game which the French could not negotiate. (Source: PTI)

but young HS  Prannoy was left ruing his luck as a foot injury saw him concede his quarterfinal match on Friday.

Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap brushed aside France’s Brice Leverdez 21-6 21-17 in 30 minutes to set up a semifinal clash with Hong Kong’s Hu Yun on Saturday.

Prannoy, on the other hand, could not take the court after his foot injury — suffered during his giant-killing act against Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen on Thursday — aggravated on Friday and he had to give a walkover to Japan’s Kento Momota in another quarterfinal match.

Kashyap hardly broke any sweat against Brice as he dished out a game which the French could not negotiate. The Indian opened up a 6-1 lead early on and did not allow the Frenchman to come closer to him.

Kashyap was at his dominating best in the opening game as from 9-6, he registered 12 straight points to leave Brice completely clueless.

In the second game, Kashyap once again took a 4-1 lead early on and kept his nose ahead, despite a fighting Brice who could only manage to reduce the gap to 7-9 at one stage.

The Indian never lost the grip from the match and sealed the issue comfortably in the end.

Kashyap has a 1-2 head-to-head record against his semifinal opponent Hu Yun but the Indian can take heart from the fact that he had defeated the Hong Kong shuttler during the 2013 BWF World Championships.

Prannoy, who hogged the limelight on Saturday after his second successive win over world number two Jorgensen, could just watch from the sidelines on Saturday after he was left with a swollen feet due to the injury suffered on Thursday.

“It just happened during the second game on Thursday. Bad luck. Doctors have said I should be fine in 4-5 days. So hoping to recover as early as possible,” Prannoy, who is
ranked world number 14, told PTI.

“Some things are not in our hands. I hope I can recover as soon as possible and get back to the court. It had been overall a good 3 weeks for me starting with India open and then Malaysia open and then here in Singapore,” said Prannoy.

“Lot of good matches in last 3 weeks, I am happy that I am improving and well so many big tournaments coming up. I will get back as soon as I recover and start training for the coming tournaments. I will come back even more stronger.”

After reaching the semifinals, Kashyap said he was satisfied with his game.

“I played very well today. My attacking shots were very good, the smashes came out very well and the net dribbles and pushes were also good. I was moving fast too. So happy with my overall game,” he said.

“In-fact, the first two rounds were also very good. I played well on Thursday too. I think I prepared well. I am just happy with the way I played.”

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