Prannoy makes winning start at All England Championships | Badminton News

BIRMINGHAM: India HS Prannoy survived a few anxious moments before advancing to the second round of the All England leagues after recording a straight win over Chinese Taipei Tzu Wei Wang in the men’s singles competition here on Tuesday.
The world No.9 Indian picked up a 21-19 22-20 victory Wang in the 49-minute first-round clash to make it 5-3 against the Taiwanese.
The 30-year-old from Kerala will meet either Indonesia’s third seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting or Thailand Kantaphon Wangcharoen following.
Prannoy looked in good contact as he picked up five points on the trot to build a comfortable 11-4 lead. However, the Indian was guilty of missing the lines twice and found the net as well, allowing Wang to cut the three-point deficit to 11-14.
Prannoy managed to retire at 18-12 with four straight points before Wang broke the points streak with an aggressive comeback after a quick rally.
Wang then punished Prannoy for weak returns and moved to 16-19 with a deceptive clean return. A wide backhand then another long from Prannoy brought Wang to 19-19.
Prannoy then unleashed a cross smash to pass the play point, then sent another straight smash to close the match.
Game two was a close battle from the start as Wang opened up a 7-2 lead. Prannoy leveled the scores, only to miss the lines on the corner of his opponent’s forehand twice.
He eventually landed a booming smash to take a one-point lead at the break. The two then engaged in a brawl, moving neck and neck until 16-16.
Two poisonous returns gave Prannoy a 19-17 lead, but he squandered it again as Wang made it 19-19. The Taiwanese went wide to give a match point to the Indian, who wasted it.
However, a determined Prannoy ensured there were no last-minute setbacks as he rejoiced once Wang had gone to net.


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