Prannoy nominated for BWF’s Most Improved Player of the Year award

Aside from Prannoy, World Para-Badminton Championships gold medallists Pramod Bhagat and Manisha Ramadass and bronze medallists Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre Sumathy have been nominated for the awards.

FILE PHOTO: H.S. Prannoy plays a return shot against Zhao Junpeng of China during the BWF World Championships men’s singles quarterfinal match in Tokyo on August 26, 2022. 

FILE PHOTO: H.S. Prannoy plays a return shot against Zhao Junpeng of China during the BWF World Championships men’s singles quarterfinal match in Tokyo on August 26, 2022.  | Photo Credit: AFP

Aside from Prannoy, World Para-Badminton Championships gold medallists Pramod Bhagat and Manisha Ramadass and bronze medallists Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre Sumathy have been nominated for the awards.

H.S. Prannoy - the hero of India’s historic Thomas Cup win - has been nominated for the BWF’s ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ award.

The Badminton World Federation, on Monday, released the complete list of nominated players for its eight awards.

World no. 12 Prannoy enjoyed a stellar 2022, during which he guided India to its maiden Thomas Cup team championship title in Bangkok in May. No player could knock Prannoy out of the qualification zone after the French Open quarterfinals.

In the Thomas Cup semifinal, he registered a memorable win over Denmark’s Rasmussen Gemke to catapult India into the final. Playing with an ankle injury, Prannoy went down 13-21 in the first game and then outplayed Gemke 21-9, 21-12.

Throughout the year, he also pulled off several upsets, beating Anthony Ginting, Lakshya Sen, Ng Ka Long Angus, Chou Tien Chen, Kento Momota, Loh Kean Yew, Zhao Jun Peng and Liew Daren.

Prannoy has also qualified for his maiden BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok from December 7 to 11.

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Aside from Prannoy, World Para-Badminton Championships gold medallists Pramod Bhagat and Manisha Ramadass and bronze medallists Manasi Joshi and Nithya Sre Sumathy have been nominated for the awards.

Prannoy is the only men’s singles player nominated for the ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ award. He will face tough competition from women’s doubles pair Jeong Na Eun-Kim Hye Jeong, who won the Korea Open and Japan Open in 2022.

Indonesia men’s doubles pair of Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto has also been nominated for the prestigious award. Fajar and Ardianto won four titles on the World Tour - Denmark Open, Malaysia Masters, Indonesia Masters and Swiss Open - to be ranked third on the BWF World Rankings for men’s doubles.

The annual awards ceremony will be held on December 5 in conjunction with the BWF World Tour Finals 2022 gala dinner.

Full List of nominated players for eight awards:
Male Player of the Year
Viktor Axelsen, Loh Kean Yew, Lee Zii Jia
Female Player of the Year
An Se Young, Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying
Pair of the Year
Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, Chen Qing Chen-Jia Yi Fan, Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Dechapol Puavaranukroh, Zheng Si Wei-Huang Ya Qiong
Most Improved Player of the Year
H.S. Prannoy, Jeong Na Eun-Kim Hye Jeong, Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto
Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year
Alex Lanier, Kodai Naraoka, Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto-Lisa Ayu Kusumawati
Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year
Daiki Kajiwara, Cheah Liek Hou, Lucas Mazur, Chu Man Kai, Pramod Bhagat, Choi Jung Man
Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year
Manisha Ramadass, Nithya Sre Sumathy, Sarina Satomi, Carmen Giuliana, Manasi Joshi, Pilar Cancio
Para-Badminton Pair of the Year
Fredy Setiawan-Khalimtus Sadiyah, Thomas Wandschneider-Rick Hellman, Lucas Mazur-Fausine Noel, Muhammad Ramli-Noor Noorlan, Sarina Satomi-Yuma Yamazaki, Subhan-Rina Marlina
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