BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy in pre-quarters after defeating Malysia's Daren Liew in straight sets

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New Delhi, India Published: Dec 15, 2021, 04:34 PM(IST)

HS Prannoy Photograph:( AFP )

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Prannoy joined two other Indians, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, in the men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the showpiece tournament.

HS Prannoy of India advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the BWF World Badminton Championships here on Wednesday with a straight-game victory over Malaysia's Daren Liew.

Prannoy defeated his Malaysian opponent 21-7 21-17 in a 42-minute men's singles second-round encounter.

In the pre-quarterfinals, he will face the winner of another second-round match between Luis Enrique Penalver of Spain and Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.

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Prannoy entered in the men's singles pre-quarterfinals of the showcase competition alongside two other Indians, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen.

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Liew proved to be no match against Prannoy in the first game. The Indian grabbed eight straight points from 8-5 to 16-5 before easily pocketing it.

The second game was more evenly contested, with the two players tied at 6-6. Prannoy never trailed again after that, cruising to a 16-11 victory. The Malaysian closed the lead, but Prannoy took the second game and the match 19-16.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, the women's doubles duo, also advanced to the pre-quarterfinals following a hard-fought 21-11 9-21 21-13 triumph against the Chinese pair of Liu Xuan Xuan and Xia Yu Ting in a 51-minute second-round match.

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However, in the men's doubles, the Indian duo of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila were defeated 11-21 16-21 by the 11th seeded Russian pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in a 41-minute second round encounter.

Defending champion PV Sindhu advanced to the women's singles pre-quarterfinals with an easy 21-7 21-9 win against Martina Repiska of Slovakia on Tuesday. Sindhu received a first-round bye. In the pre-quarterfinals, she will meet Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

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