In an all-Indian final, HS Prannoy overcame compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in a thrilling three-setter to win his maiden US Open title yesterday. The win gave Prannoy his maiden US Open title and his third GP Gold as well and extends India's fine run in the circuit that began with Kidambi Srikanth.
A cool and composed performance by Prannoy at the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament final saw the 25-year-old win his third Grand Prix Gold and maiden US Open title against a resilient Kashyap, who left no stones unturned in taking the thrilling game to the decider.
Prannoy's persistence helped him to etch a phenomenal comeback in the first game after going 4-8 down quite early. His excellent court average and a variation of strokes did the job perfectly for the Keralite as he won the set 21-15.
Kashyap, the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist and more experienced of the two, came back strongly in the second game sticking to his game plan. His clever execution of a mix of backhand and wrist strokes from the base point worked successfully as Prannoy was left confused despite his assuring
The final set had no such drama as Prannoy wrapped it up within no time with complete dominance. He raced to victory with the score line of 21-12.
The roads to the final for both were contrasting - Prannoy had a convincing win over Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen, while Kashyap had to fight hard for his final berth against Korean Kwang Hee Heo to make it an all-India final at international badminton for the second time this season.
It is a proud moment for Indian badminton players, who have been dominating at the world stage.Prannoy's his win in Anaheim, California, makes it the third Grand Prix title for the Indian men's shuttlers after Sameer and Praneeth clinched the Syed Modi International and Thailand Open respectively. Prannoy’s win also comes after Srikanth Kidambi shaped history last month with his successive Superseries title wins at the Indonesia Open and Australia Open last month.