Indian women players who were riding on high hopes of winning a medal were shown the doors. Saina Nehwal was the first to exit followed by a shocking defeat of P V Sindhu. However Team India had some respite from the Men’s team.
In what would be termed as one of the best performances together, Indian shuttlers H S Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth have been playing some amazing game by defeating the top seed players. This was highly unexpected considering the scalps were in Top 10.
After stunning World No.3 and former World Champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the Quarter Finals, H S Prannoy who is ranked at No.25 had another scalp and this time it is two-time All England and World Champion Chen Long. He defeated Chen with a score of 21-18, 16-21, 21-19 a match that lasted 75 minutes enabling Prannoy to enter Semis.
The 24-year-old will next play Kazumasa Sakai of Japan on Saturday.
Talking about his opponent Chen Long, against whom he has never won in earlier three meetings, Prannoy said, “I hate to play him. He is a sort of player who never gets tired and he has this slow sort of game.
Kidambi Srikanth on the other hand had a easy win over Chinese Taipei’s Tzu Wei Wang by defeating him 21-15, 21-14 and would be playing Korea’s second seed Son Wan Ho.