India’s last hope from Men’s shuttlers, HS Prannoy, crashed out of the semi-finals of the Macau Open 2014 as HS Prannoy was defeated by Hong Kong opponent Wong K in grueling three set. Wong the match 21-16,16-21 and 21-12.
In the first game the Wong played an aggressive game and did not allow HS Prannoy to settle. His agility and the ability to force mistakes from the Indian helped him prevail in the match. It was disappointing match for the Indian. The Hong Kong opponent won the first set 21-16.
In the second set of the game, the Indian player came back into the match. HS Prannoy played an aggressive game and did not allow Wing Wong to settle. It was a much improved performance from the Indian player as he played some wonderful smashes and made use of his height. HS Prannoy took the second game 16-21 to get the match into deciding set.
In the third set, both the players were fighting for each point. At the interval, it was 11-10 to the Indian. At 13-12, the Indian player committed lot of mistakes. The Hong Opponent played some wonderful smashes and it proved to the undoing of the Indian player. His defense was good and forced the Indian to commit a lot of errors. The Indian player’s efforts went in vain and lost the third set 21-12. It was a unexpectedly disappointing show by the promising shuttler from India.
HS Prannoy best efforts came when he won the Indonesian Open in 2014 August. He needs to control on his temper and aggression to defeat the opponents. These tournaments will help him to become a much better player overcoming his shortcomings.
It was the end of the male campaign in this tournament for the Indian. His current ranking is 26 in the World. Earlier in the tournament, Sai Pranneth was knocked out of the tournament in third round.