February 22, 2024

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Malaysia Masters: Prannoy, Srikanth trigger upsets, PV Sindhu earns simple win; Lakshya Sen eradicated

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India`s highest-ranked singles gamers, P.V Sindhu, H.S. Prannoy, and Kidambi Srikanth, superior to the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters 2023 badminton championships with contrasting wins of their respective Spherical of 16 encounters in girls`s and males`s singles respectively, right here on Thursday.

Prannoy, ranked ninth within the newest BWF Rankings, continued his good run within the BWF World Tour Tremendous 500 occasion within the Malaysian capital, gorgeous All England champion Li Shifeng of China with an excellent come-from-behind victory in three video games on Courtroom 1 at Axiata Area right here.

Prannoy, who had began his marketing campaign right here with a hard-fought 16-21, 21-14, 21-13 win towards sixth-seeded Hou Tien Chen of Chinese language Taipei on Wednesday, defeated his Chinese language opponent 13-21, 21-16, 21-11 in Spherical of 16. He’ll face Japan`s Kenta Nishimoto in a last-8 encounter on Friday.

In the identical males`s singles, Kidambi Srikanth, who gained the silver medal within the 2021 World Championship, shocked Thailand`s eighth seed, Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-19, 21-19 in a 45-minute conflict within the males`s singles Spherical of 16.

Double Olympic medallist Sindhu, the sixth seed right here, had it a bit simple within the girls`s singles pre-quarterfinals conflict as she comfortably received the higher of Aya Ohori of Japan 21-16, 21-11 in 40 minutes.

Sindhu, who gained a silver at Rio Olympics in 2016 and adopted that up with a bronze in Tokyo 2020, will lock horns with China`s Zhang Yi Man to guide a spot within the semifinals.

Nonetheless, former World Championship bronze medallist Lakshya Sen was despatched packing within the pre-quarterfinals by Hong Kong`s Ng Ka Lengthy Angus, the 28-year-old ranked 14th within the BWF Rankings. Lakhsya, who’s ranked 22 within the newest singles rankings, went down 21-14, 21-19.

The day belonged to Prannoy, who prompted a serious upset by getting the higher of the reigning All-England champion. Prannoy, who helped India win the Thomas Cup title final 12 months, misplaced the primary sport to the in-from Chinese language star, who surged forward from an early 4-2 result in open a 9-2 hole. The Chinese language participant maintained a 4-5 factors benefit as he went on to win the primary sport 21-13.

The second sport was carefully fought and after Prannoy and Li Shifeng exchanged the lead twice, the Indian opened up a 6-3 lead. The Chinese language shuttler narrowed the hole to at least one level earlier than Prannoy gained just a few factors in succession to make it 11-7. However Shifeng tied the scores at 11-all earlier than Prannoy grabbed the lead once more at 14-13 earlier than making it 18-13 and went on to win the sport and take the match into the decider.

Within the third sport, after the preliminary skirmishes, the 30-year-old Indian right-hander opened a niche from 4-4 to 8-5 earlier than profitable eight consecutive factors to make it 16-5. Shifeng couldn’t recuperate from that and he narrowed the hole to 16-9, Prannoy went on to win the sport 21-11 and sealed a memorable win within the 70 minutes encounter.

The 2 gamers engaged in 103 rallies within the match of which Prannoy gained 55 and the 23-year-old Chinese language gained 48.

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