Prannoy stuns Christie in Thailand Open

Prannoy stuns Christie in Thailand Open
H S Prannoy
Bangkok, Jan 20 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/20/2021 10:35:00 AM IST

Indian shuttler H S Prannoy showed nerves of steel to stun world number seven Jonatan Christie and enter the men’s singles second round at the Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday.

A former top-10 player, Prannoy recovered from a game down to outwit sixth seed Christie 18-21 21-16 23-21 in a thrilling contest that clocked an hour and 15 minutes.  It is Prannoy’s first win against the Indonesian in last four attempts.

Prannoy, who had failed to complete the job after doing all the hard work against Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia last week, seemed determined to never give up. His stroke-play was a treat to watch.  The 28-year-old from Kerala had spent two weeks stressing over his physical and mental health after being down with COVID-19 nearly two months ago.

The infection left him with pain in his ribcage even though everything looked normal in the tests. He could resume training only in the second week of December but again had to go through the ordeal of a false positive result ahead of the Yonex Thailand Open last week. Prannoy and Sameer Verma will carry India’s charge in the men’s singles after the withdrawal of fellow colleagues B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth. Praneeth and his roommate Srikanth were forced to pullout after the former tested positive for COVID-19. 

Praneeth tests Covid-19 positive, Srikanth withdraws

Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth has been withdrawn from the Thailand Open after testing positive for the Coronavirus, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has informed.

Praneeth’s result came on Monday and he will now be in the hospital for at least 10 days. “BWF can confirm India player Sai Praneeth B. has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been withdrawn from the TOYOTA Thailand Open,” the BWF statement on Tuesday evening said.

The world number 14 thereby missed his first-round match against Daren Liew from Malaysia who has now been given a walkover. The badminton body further informed that Kidambi Srikanth has also been withdrawn from the tournament and is in quarantine due to his close contact with Praneeth.

“In line with BWF protocols, Kidambi has been withdrawn from the TOYOTA Thailand Open and is in strict self-quarantine. However, Kidambi tested negative on Monday’s test and has returned negative results since arriving in Thailand. Kidambi tested negative for Monday’s test and has returned negative results since arriving in Thailand,” BWF informed.

Srikanth on Tuesday had entered the second round of the tournament after defeating Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11, 21-11 in just 38 minutes.

The former world number one was slated to take on third-seed Anders Antonsen who has now been given a walkover. 


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