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Indonesia Masters: HS Prannoy stuns Olympic Champion Victor Axelsen, moves to quarters next to Sindhu, Srikanth


Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy recorded similar come-from-behind victories in their respective events to advance to the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Masters Super 750 badminton tournament here on Thursday. The highlight of the day was Prannoy’s astonishing 14-21 21-19 21-16 upset victory over Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Victor Axelsen in an exciting one-hour 11-minute battle in the men’s singles second round.

Occasionally in the first match, Prannoy made a sensational recovery to tie first and then scored an unforgettable victory against the world number 2. It was Prannoy’s first win in six attempts against Axelsen. With the win, the world’s number 32 Indian shuttler becomes the first player to beat the Dane a full game since March.

In the women’s singles, world champion Sindhu, who was selected third, took 47 minutes to record a 17-21 21-7 21-12 victory over Spain’s Clara Azurmendi. Sindhu competed for the first time against the world’s no. 47 Azurmendi played, and lost in the first game before delivering a dominant performance in the next two games to achieve a brilliant victory.

The two-time Olympic medalist will now close in the quarter-finals with the world’s number 30 unseeded Turkish shooter Neslihan Yigit. Sindhu has a 3-0 head-to-head record against the Turks.

On the other hand, former world no. 1 Srikanth, sent out Indonesia’s sixth seeded Jonathan Christie 13-21 21-18 21-15 in one hour two minutes in the men’s singles second round match. The unseeded Srikanth, who claimed the Indonesian Open Super Series premier in 2017 at Jakarta, will tackle Prannoy in the quarter-finals.

However, it was curtains for young Lakshya Sen the men’s singles event and the mixed doubles pairs of Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy.

The 20-year-old Lakshya, who recently reached the semifinals at Hylo Open Super 500 and Dutch Open final, settled for 13-21 19-21 to top-ranked and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan in a 46-minute clash.

Kapila and Sikki, on the other hand, lost a tough battle of 15-21 23-21 18-21 against Thai duo Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran in the second round mixed doubles.

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Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy’s women’s doubles pair also dropped out of the event in the second round, the third seeded, Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, 18-21 12-21.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated stream.)

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