HS Prannoy through to Swiss Open quarters

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Last Friday at 1:02 PM

HS Prannoy continued the defense of his Swiss Open title by edging out China’s Qiao Bin in an exhilarating contest that went the distance. Prannoy showed nerves of steel to come back from a game down to win and seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Super Series tournament in the Swiss capital.

Even though the 5th seeded Prannoy, lead the head to head record 3-1 over his opponent, he was dealt a stiff challenge by the Chinese, before eventually coming through 9-21 23-21 21-15 in a match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes.

Though Prannoy was outclassed in the first game, the Indian fought back from 15-18 down in the second to level the match at one game-a-piece. Prannoy was off the blocks quickly in the decisive third game and stormed to an 8-3 lead before closing out the game in his favor.

Prannoy had earlier won aagainst Kieran Merrrilees of Scotland 21-17 21-19 yesterday, will now face the winner of the match between Shi Yuqi of China and Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Shi Yuqi had earlier reached the finals of the prestigious All England Championships in Birmingham last week.

Subhankar Dey, who had earlier won the Iceland International, who also progressed to the pre-quarters of with a hard-fought 21-17 21-18  victory over Slovenia's Iztok Utrosa, came up short against Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan, going down 19-21 14-21 in 42 minutes.

India’s mixed doubles pairing of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy made it to the third round of the mixed doubles event after being given a walkover by their Swedish opponents Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstrom.

Sameer Verma’s campaign was ended by Tsuneyama who handed the Indian a 16-21 21-15 21-13 loss. Krishna Priya Kudaravalli also suffered a similar fate when she lost 18-21 8-21 to Fitriani Fitriani in the women’s singles event.

India’s women’s doubles pair of  Sanjana Santosh and Arathi Sara Sunil were also knocked out of the tournament in Basel following a 15-21 15-21 loss to the German team of Johanna Goliszewski and Lara Kaepplein.

The mixed doubles pairing of Rohan Kapoor and Sanjana also exited the tournament following a 16-21 19-21 defeat to French pairing Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo.

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