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Prannoy is defeated in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open.



HS Prannoy of India finished in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton competition on Saturday. Losing in straight games against China’s Zhao Jun Peng.

Prannoy is defeated in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open.

In a 40-minute final four match, world number 23 Prannoy couldn’t establish his rhythm and lacked accuracy and control, losing 16-21 15-21 against Jun Peng. He is a two-time bronze medalist at the World Junior Championships.

It was their first international badminton match.

Prannoy, who hits 30 next month, went behind from the beginning of his second semifinal at the Indonesia Open. Because he couldn’t keep up with his rival in exchanges.

The left-handed Chinese used a lot of power in his smashes. And his hold-and-flick strokes took Prannoy off surprise, as he entered the first intermission behind 6-11 after two unforced mistakes.

The Indian player was jittery, as his net play was not as slick, and he missed his typical shuttle precision.

As a consequence, the Chinese player  maintained his five-point advantage until 14-9.

Prannoy momentarily sought to set the pace in the rallies, reducing the deficit to 14-16 with some strong strokes.

However, the Indian plauyer lost impetus after another wayward shot and a long rebound brought the Chinese to 19-15, and he claimed five game points with a cross court smash.

Prannoy rescued one, but Jun Peng clinched it in the rematch to gain top spot.

Prannoy improved his rally construction after switching sides and showcased his cunning to take a 6-4 lead. However, the Indian’s elation was short-lived because he missed several opportunities.

He muffed his strokes, which landed up wide or at net, was unable to match his opponent in the flat exchanges. And his poor returns were penalized by Jun Peng, who quickly turned the tables and reached the mid-game intermission with a four-point lead.

The Chinese appeared to be in full control after the break even as Prannoy battled with his control, regularly throwing the shuttle to the net.