HS Prannoy stormed into the Malaysia Masters semifinals with a hard-fought win over Kanta Tsuneyama on Friday.
HS Prannoy (Courtesy: PTI)
- Prannoy won the match in straight games
- The scoreline of the match was 25-23, 22-20
- Prannoy became the only Indian shuttler to reach the semis of the tournament
India’s HS Prannoy stormed into the semifinals of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament with a straight games win over Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama on Friday. Prannoy won the match with a score of 25-23, 22-20.
The 29-year-old had a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Tsuneyama prior to their quarterfinal bout. Prannoy exhibited solid defence throughout the match, which lasted for an hour.
Tsuneyama was dictating points during the early moments of the first game and had a two-point lead. However, the Indian shuttler scored four straight points, taking the lead with the score at 10-8. The 29-year-old maintained a slender lead at the halfway point as there was little to choose between both men.
Prannoy took the lead, but a few untimely errors levelled things up as the momentum was with Tsuneyama as the score was 19-19. The Indian shuttler was able to save a game point and took the lead after a long rally that contained 35 shots. Both men matched each other till the score was 23-23.
Prannoy was finally able to claim the first game with an impressive jump shot, which was reviewed by the Japanese shuttler. However, the point was awarded to the 29-year-old and he had the momentum going into the second game.
The Indian shuttler claimed a 7-5 lead but Tsuneyama took control of proceeding with five straight points and the score was 9-11 in his favour at the halfway mark. There was nothing to separate both men once again, but the Japanese shuttler claimed three straight points to take a major advantage in the game with the score at 15-18.
However, Prannoy bounced back as he saved two game points to level things up at 20-20 and went onto claim the match with two straight points to reach the semifinals.
With this win, the 29-year-old became the only Indian shuttler to reach the final four stage of the tournament.
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