Malaysia Open: Prannoy Trumps Countryman Lakshya Sen in thrilling opening match
HS in form Prannoy continued his impressive run as he outwitted compatriot Lakshya Sen in a thrilling three-game match at the Malaysian Open Super 1000 badminton tournament this coming Wednesday. After rising to world No. 8 in 2022, Prannoy has confirmed his new status as India’s best-ranked men’s singles player with a 22-24 21-12 21-18 victory over Sen, ranked 10th, in a thrilling opening round competition that lasted more than an hour. The 30-year-old from Kerala will face Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia or Danish veteran Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.
Prannoy and Sen have played five times in 2022 with Sen entering the match with a slim 3-2 advantage.
The match was very interesting as the duo fought to the teeth from the very beginning. Both played at high speed and Prannoy was a two-point lead after halftime but Sen soon equalized with a score of 13-13.
After a couple of controversial line calls, the duo were locked with a 19-19 scoreline at one stage. Sen then earned a game point but wasted it. Soon Prannoy took two game points with a score of 21-20 and 22-21 but he also missed it when Sen eventually took the lead after winning another game point.
In the second game, Prannoy led 4-1 when Sen made a series of unnecessary errors. Shuttle player Almora tries to play offensively, creating sharp corners but his senior colleague is always one step ahead.
With Sen struggling, Prannoy rushes to gain a 9-point advantage in the game. Sen saved one person before the Kerala shuttle sealed it with a slam to roar back into the competition.
In the decisive game, Sen took an 8-4 advantage but Prannoy equalized and regained the score 9-9 with a series of smashes before going into the break with a slim lead after taking the lead. advantage in a parallel game.
After the last substitution ended, Prannoy took a three-point lead thanks to better positioning and sharp play.
Sen’s effort to continue backfired as soon as the score was 18-14 in favor of Prannoy.
A push in the back gave Prannoy three game points and he sealed it with another backhand save that kissed the line although Sen looked clearly annoyed with the call to the line and frustrated. throw his racquet.
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