H.S. Prannoy wins the Indonesian Grand Prix Gold
Indian badminton player H.S. Prannoy clinched his maiden title as he won the $125,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, after his straight-game win over local favourite Abdul Kholik in the finals in Palembang, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Fifth seed Prannoy got the better of qualifier Kholik 21-11, 22-20 in the men’s singles finals that lasted 43 minutes.
Twenty-two-year-old Prannoy dished out a dominating performance in the opening game as he opened up a 6-2 lead early on and then kept increasing the distance. Kholik regrouped himself in the second game and moved 5-3 up but Prannoy fought back at 6-6 and grabbed a slender 9-7 lead. The Indonesian once again surged ahead to 12-9 and thereafter it was a gruelling battle, but Prannoy managed to earn four match points.
However, Kholik clawed back with four straight points to draw level at 20-20. Prannoy then dug deep to win the next two points to seal the match and celebrate his first title victory. Prannoy won a silver medal in Boys’ singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and also finished as the runner-up at the Vietnam Grand Prix in Ho Chi Minh City last week.
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