Badminton World Championships: Prannoy upsets 8th seed - Live Scores, Updates
HS Prannoy became just the second Indian - after Kidambi Srikanth - to win their 1st round matches at the 2021 BWF World Championships on Monday.
HS Prannoy pulled off a sensational comeback win against eighth seed Angus Ng Ka-long in the first round of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Monday. Prannoy (World Rank 31) beat Ka-Long (World Rank 9) 13-21, 21-18, 21-19 to secure his first win over this opponent from Hong Kong for the first time in five years.
Prannoy also became just the second Indian - after Kidambi Srikanth - to win his first round match at the World Championships this year as the Indian contingent continued its campaign on the second day. Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth beat Pablo Abian of Spain to begin his campaign on a winning note on Sunday. Sai Praneeth, who ended a 36-year-old drought by winning the men's singles bronze medal in 2019, lost a hard fought match against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 21-17, 7-21, 18-21. All doubles pairings from India have made first-round exits so far.
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- 13 Dec 2021 4:47 PM GMT
Prannoy sneaks ahead for the first time in the third game just at the right time. Leads 18-17. Leads 20-18 now. The first match point - make that two - in this match goes to the Indian. What a topsy turvy match this has been! Ka Long gets one point but then Prannoy wins it. He has won the match in three games after having lost the first game. Sensational fightback!
Prannoy makes it to the 2nd round. This is just the second match won at the World Championships this year, after Srikanth's win yesterday.
- 13 Dec 2021 4:32 PM GMT
It's a close run thing in the third game. The two players are tied at 7-7 now. 12-11 to the Hong Kong player with the game moving in rapid pace. The match is not being televised, but we imagine some rapid attacking badminton is being played at the moment.
- 13 Dec 2021 4:14 PM GMT
Prannoy on a roll in the second game! Races to a 7-0 lead. And before his opponent can react, Prannoy has raced away with this second game! A sensational fightback from the Indian after losing sight of his opponent in the first game.
Ka Long Angus tries a late surge in the second game, but Prannoy has too many game points in the bag. Wins it 21-18. All set for a cracking third game now.
- 13 Dec 2021 3:52 PM GMT
A spectacular unravelling from Prannoy after the break in the first game. Ends up losing the first game 13-21. Indians have been unable to win a single game so far on Day 2 of the World Championships.
Now into Game 2: Prannoy races into an early lead this time. 3-0 up.
- 13 Dec 2021 3:41 PM GMT
Prannoy vs Ka Long Angus: The match begins. Srikanth has been the only Indian to win so far in these BWF World Championships. Can Prannoy clinch a second win for the contingent?
It's the player from Hong Kong who takes the early lead. And he leads Prannoy by 2 points at the break in the first game.
- 13 Dec 2021 3:22 PM GMT
Axelsen and Antonsen will be in action in their matches on Court 1 soon. On Court 3, meanwhile, it's almost time for Prannoy's match. The last match before his match is now into its last stages.
Results for the day for Indians so far:
XD : Venkat/Juhi - 8:21,4:21 vs Denmark pair
MD : Arun/Sanyam - 15:21,14:21 vs Chinese pair
XD : Utkarsh/Karishma - 20:22,16:21 vs German pair
- 13 Dec 2021 12:14 PM GMT
The first round exits continue for India's doubles pairs. Arun-Sanyam lose their men's doubles match 15-21, 14-21. Utkarsh-Karishma give a bit more fight in their mixed doubles match but still lose 20-22, 16-21.
Three matches, three defeats for Indians so far. Two matches remain. Dhruv and Arjun's men's doubles match and Prannoy's singles match. Both of them should happen at around 10 pm IST. Stay tuned.
- 13 Dec 2021 9:48 AM GMT
What does the rest of the day hold for India? Men's doubles pair Arun George-Sanyam Shukla and mixed doubles pair Utkarsh Arora-Karishma Wadkar will be playing their matches in another hour. HS Prannoy and the men's doubles pair of MR Arjun-Dhruv Kapila will be playing their matches later in the day, possibly after 10 pm IST.
- 13 Dec 2021 9:44 AM GMT
Liew Daren has won his first round match. He will face the winner of Prannoy and Angus Ka Long's match in Round 2.
In other matches, the mixed doubles pair of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan have lost their first round match in 21 minutes, going down by 8-21, 4-21 in what is sure to be one of the shortest matches of the day.