Prannoy loses in Japan Masters, Indian challenge ends

Indian shuttler HS Prannoy lost a close second round match against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen to bow out of the Japan Masters Super 500 badminton tournament at Kumamoto in Japan on Thursday.

HS Prannoy of India (PTI)

The Asian Games bronze medalist Indian, who returned to action after recovering from a back injury, took advantage in the opening game losing 21-19 16-21 19-21 against the world. 12 Chen in the 73-minute men’s singles match that went down to the wire.

The defeat to Phrannoy brought curtains to India’s campaign at the tournament.

The Indian world number 8 looked in control in the first game as he opened up a 4-0 lead and managed to hold on to an 11-8 lead at the break.

Chen kept fighting to keep himself close but Prannoy sealed the opening game.

Chen got his act together after the initial reversal and quickly took a 5-0 lead. Although Prannoy managed to reach parity at 10-10, Chen managed to score four quick points to create a gap, which the Indians could not fill.

The Chinese Taipei player carried the momentum in the decider, leading 12-4 at one stage. Soon Prannoy produced his trademark fight to slowly and steadily draw parity at 19-19.

Chen, however, rallied during the timeout to win the decision 21-19 and put the match in pocket.

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