Indian Wins US Open Grand Prix badminton title in an all Indian Final

Grand Prix Badminton Final

Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar also known as HS Prannoy was born on July 17, 1992  lost a fair amount of his time to nagging injuries in his career. He wins the US Open Grand Prix badminton title in an all Indian Final.

Grand Prix Match Summary

He dished out a gritty performance to defeat Kashyap 21-15 20-22 21-12 in the summit clash which lasted an hour and five minutes clinching up a close three-game win over Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in the all-Indian final to win the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Badminton Gold here.

“It was a good match, pretty intense match, a high quality match by both me and Kashyap. I think after losing the second game narrowly, I was calm and patient enough and it worked for me,” Prannoy told.

“In second game, Kashyap was playing better than the first game. He was putting a lot of pressure on net and he was also finishing the lifts that I was producing, that made the whole difference.

“But in the third game, I changed my strategy a bit and I had a good lead. So yeah, overall happy with the tournament.

Now I am looking forward to New Zealand Open,” he told.

The duo, who had a 1-1 head-to-head record having played each other at the 2014 German Open last time, played fast-paced rallies and Prannoy more often finished the rallies with his powerful smashes.

In the first game, Kashyap took a 6 point early at 7-1 before entering the interval with a power smash on the forehand of Prannoy, who then reduced the gap to 9-12 and then turned the tables towards kashyap with five straight points. Kashyap crawled back to level par at 15-15 but Prannoy was unstoppable as he reeled off six straight points to win the first game with a cross-court smash.

The second game had some close moments as the duo fought fiercely for points. The rallies were more aggressive with each having their share of moments. Kashyap lead 14-9 at one stage but Prannoy drew parity at 15-15. Kashyap continued to exert pressure on his younger colleague and had a 20-18 lead.

Prannoy grabbed two points before Kashyap roared back into contest with another superb smash. In the decider, Prannoy changed his strategy. His deft touch in the lifts and better net strokes scored him points as he raced to a 13-7 lead. The 24-year-old player continued to move ahead and eventually seal the win when Kashyap misjudged a shuttle at the baseline of the court.

Ever since bursting on to the scene with a silver medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics, Prannoy has been often left on the sidelines due to injuries, affecting his training and thereby his progress. He fought through a knee injury in 2011 plus back injury in 2012 to reach the finals at the 2013 Tata Open. A series of semi-finals at Bitburger, Syed Modi International, Macau and a final at Vietnam followed by a maiden Grand Prix Gold win at Indonesia in 2014.

He was in rampaging form at the Premier Badminton League this year but injuries to his knee and toe once again came back to haunt him.But he again gained fitness and got to the semifinals in the Indonesia Super Series Premier, shocking the legends and Olympic silver and gold medallist — Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Chen Long on the way.

“I have been playing well, if the injuries are off then I am okay, I could not play well in Canada, as I had an inflammation in the tailbone area. Probably that did the damage in Canada,” he said.

“But I worked on it in the regular training and I am happy I could give my best here. I am not too disappointed with my losses at Australia and Canada as I know its part and parcel of the game.”

Wish him the best of luck!


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