Prannoy loses in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters, ending India’s campaign in the tournament.
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy’s scintillating streak at the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament was snapped after a three-game loss to Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in the men’s singles semi-final.
Prannoy lost a one-game lead and was again defeated in the semi-finals. He lost 21-17, 9-21, 17-21 to Ng Ka Long in a match that lasted one hour and four minutes.
29-year-old HS Prannoy’s career record against NG Ka Long before this match was tied at 4-4. He was outnumbered by the Hong Kong player in the last three encounters.
He was keeping a good grip in the first game but then due to battling with his length, made many easy mistakes.
Prannoy started with a 5-3 lead in the first game. He was 4 points ahead of the break. But Prannoy maintained a four-point lead till 17-13.
Although then lost 2 points after this, but soon won the game by grabbing the chance of four game points.
In the second game, Prannoy was finding it difficult to control the shuttle, which the Hong Kong player took advantage of to take a six-point lead till the break.
Still, Prannoy’s mistakes continued and the game was named NG Ka Long.
The match reached the deciding game in which Prannoy was initially in control and went ahead 8-3.
But the rival player made a great comeback, securing 8 out of 9 points and maintaining a vital lead of 2 points till the break.
Prannoy tried to speed up the rallies but the Hong Kong player took a 16-12 lead. Prannoy though made it to 16-17, but the opponent won the match after winning a long rally securing 3 match points
Bajrang Punia gets a UK visa and will train in America before Commonwealth Games.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Saturday that star wrestler Bajrang Punia has got a UK visa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games (2022).
This will allow him to go on a training tour in the US before going to Birmingham.
Bajrang will leave for the Commonwealth Games directly from his training base in the US, which would have made it difficult for him to complete UK visa formalities later.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang has now got a UK visa, so he will be able to train in the US without any worries.
28-year-old Bajrang was to go to the University of Michigan in the US for training, but due to a delay in getting a UK visa, he had to stay in India.