Though Daren began the first game with a 2-0 lead, Prannoy snatched the initiative with six consecutive points. The Malaysian then tried to put up a late fight, but Indian shuttler protected his lead to go 1-0 up in the match
Ace Indian shuttler HS Prannoy and country’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the second round of the Malaysia Open at the Axiata Arena, here on Tuesday.
World No.21 Prannoy, who moved up two places in the latest badminton world rankings after reaching the Indonesia Open semis earlier this month, beat World No.30 Liew Daren of Malaysia 21-14, 17-21, 21-18 in one hour and two minutes.
Though Daren began the first game with a 2-0 lead, Prannoy snatched the initiative with six consecutive points. The Malaysian then tried to put up a late fight, but Indian shuttler protected his lead to go 1-0 up in the match.
Later in the day, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, competing for the first time since India’s historic Thomas Cup win in May, beat Malaysia’s Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee 21-18, 21-11 to move into the next round of the BWF Super 750 event.
However, the women’s duo of Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy and former worlds bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth suffered early exits.
Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy lost to Japan’s Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida 15-21, 11-21, while World No.19 B Sai Praneeth lost to World No.6 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia 15-21, 21-19, 9-21.
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