India’s HS Prannoy went down preventing in three video games to China’s Lu Guang Zu in his second Group A match to bow out of the semifinal race on the BWF World Tour Finals on Thursday. The 30-year-old from Kerala, who had misplaced to the identical opponent in his solely assembly on the French Open this 12 months, put up a courageous effort however could not go the space, dropping 21-23 21-17 19-21 in a gruelling 84-minute contest. It was his second loss in Group A following the opening match defeat to Japan’s Kodai Naraoka.
The world no. 12 Indian will face world primary and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in his remaining Group A match on Friday.
Axelsen topped the group after beating Naraoka 21-5 21-15 in a lop-sided contest. The Dane had additionally defeated Lu in straight video games on Wednesday.
With the highest two gamers within the group making it to the knockout stage, will probably be both Naraoka or Lu becoming a member of Axelsen within the semifinals.
The match began on an equal footing with each the gamers buying and selling blows however just a few errors from Prannoy allowed Lu to determine a slender 6-4 lead.
The duo regarded to assault nevertheless it was the Chinese who confirmed higher management as he entered the mid-game interval with a small two-point benefit.
After resumption, Prannoy regarded to dominate the rallies and introduced the sport on stage phrases at 14-14 earlier than gaining a two-point lead at 18-16 with a pleasant smash.
Lu brushed one throughout the web to slim it all the way down to 18-19 after which clawed again at 19-19 when the Indian went broad.
Lu gained one recreation level however Prannoy saved it earlier than conceding one other one. The Indian saved a second recreation level with a fast backhand reflex, solely to ship one other one out.
The Chinese sealed the sport this time with a exact return on the backline.
There was little to separate the 2 within the second recreation as properly, as Prannoy caught up along with his rival at 6-6 however Lu managed to seize a one-point cushion on the break after the Indian went lengthy once more.
The momentum shifted after the break as Prannoy unleashed a straight smash on his rival’s forehand after which punished Lu for a brief elevate to maneuver to 14-12. Another exact smash and a razor sharp return on his rival’s backhand took the Indian to 18-13.
Prannoy grabbed 4 recreation factors after pouncing on a weak return and roared again into the competition after one other internet duel.
The Indian dictated the tempo within the rallies within the decider and grabbed a 6-3 lead after a fortunate internet chord. However, errors once more crept up in his recreation as Prannoy rushed on to a few pictures and allowed Lu to show the tables at 7-6.
The Chinese then used his velocity and fast reflexes to enter the ultimate midgame interval with a three-point lead.
Lu maintained the lead until 15-12 when Prannoy scripted a mini restoration to claw again at 16-16. With the match getting into its remaining stretch, each the shuttlers had been celebrating every level with a fist pump and roar as they moved to 19-19.
After an excruciating rally, Prannoy despatched one lengthy at hand his rival the match level and Lu sealed it when the Indian went broad. PTI ATK SSC SSC
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