Indonesia Open: India’s HS Prannoy in semifinalJune 18, 2022
India’s HS Prannoy continued his impressive run as he sailed into the semifinals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament with a straight-game win over world No. 13 Rasmus Gemke of Denmark here today.
A little over a month after his heroic win over Gemke in the decisive fifth rubber against Denmark which ensured India’s entry into the Thomas Cup final, Prannoy produced yet another finely-crafted performance to win 21-14 21-12 in a 40-minute quarterfinal clash.
It is the second semifinal appearance for world No. 23 Prannoy at the Indonesia event. He had reached the last-four in the 2017 edition.
Prannoy, who had reached the Swiss Open Super 300 final in March, will next face China’s Zhao Jun Peng.
Coming into the match with a 2-2 head-to-head count, Prannoy didn’t put a foot wrong as he played some angled crosscourt shots and reverse slices to good effect to keep a firm grip on the match. The match saw short rallies, with Gemke bothered by a knee issue.