Prannoy loses to Hao in first round of Denmark Open

The World No. 16, who had lost to Hao at the 2011 Bulgarian International, could not exert enough pressure on his opponent and suffered a 21-23, 21-19, 15-21 loss in a men’s singles match that lasted an hour and 21 minutes.

A file photo of H. S. Prannoy..   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Indian shuttler H. S. Prannoy played out of his skin before going down fighting against Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the opening round of the USD 650,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier here.

World No. 16 Prannoy, who had lost to Hao at the 2011 Bulgarian International, could not exert enough pressure on his opponent and suffered a 21-23, 21-19, 15-21 loss in a men’s singles match that lasted an hour and 21 minutes.

Prannoy dominated most part of the opening game as he led 7-3 early on and even though Hao wrested control for a brief time at 13-12, the Indian grabbed the lead immediately with a four-point burst to move to 17-13 and then held three game points at 20-17.

But Prannoy squandered the lead as Hao surpassed him with four straight points to move to 21-20 and then sealed the game with two more points.

Bolstered by the first game, World No. 24 Hao came into his own in the second and led right from the start to be 15-11 at one stage.

Prannoy, however, had other plans as he caught up with his rival after reeling off four points and after an intense battle managed to pocket the second game with three straight points from 18-19.

In the decider, Prannoy zoomed ahead to a 4-0 lead initially but Hao clawed back at 6-6 and after a battle of supremacy, he broke off from 13-13 to eventually seal the issue in his favour.

The results (first round, prefix denotes seedings):

Men’s singles: 1-Chen Long (China) bt Wong Wing Ki Vincent (Hong Kong) 21-12, 22-20; 2-Jan Oe Jorgensen (Denmark) bt Wang Zhengming (China) 21-17, 21-9; 3-Lin Dan (China) bt Raul Must (Estonia) 21-15, 21-18; 4-Kento Momota (Japan) bt Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand) 17-21, 21-14, 21-19; 5-K. Srikanth (India) bt Ajay Jayaram (India) 21-10, 21-14; 6-Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) bt Rajiv Ouseph (England) 21-17, 21-19; 7-Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) bt Christian Lind Thomsen (Denmark) 21-17, 21-12; Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) bt 8-Parupalli Kashyap (India) 21-14, 21-15; Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark) bt Lee Dong Keun (South Korea) 21-16, 21-17; Wei Nan (Hong Kong) t Emil Holst (Denmark) 14-21, 21-19, 21-15; Hu Yun (Hong Kong) bt Scott Evans (Ireland) 21-19, 17-21, 21-10; Son Wan Ho (South Korea) bt Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong) 21-17, 22-20; Tian Houwei (China) bt Brice Leverdez (France) 19-21, 21-2, 21-19; Hsu Jen Hao (Chinese Taipei) bt H. S. Prannoy (India) 23-21, 19-21, 21-15; Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia) bt Sho Sasaki (Japan) 21-11, 21-12; Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (Indonesia) bt Rasmus Fladberg (Denmark) 21-16, 21-19.

Women’s singles: 1-Saina Nehwal (India) bt Busanan Ongbumrungphan (Thailand) 23-21, 14-21, 21-18; 2-Carolina Marin (Spain) bt Sun Yu (China) 21-10, 21-15; 3-Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) bt Airi Mikkela (Finland) 21-8, 21-9; 4-Li Xuerui (China) bt Lindaweni Fanetri (Indonesia) 10-21, 21-19, 21-11; 5-Wang Shixian (China) bt Kirsty Gilmour (Scotland) 21-8, 21-12; 6-Wang Yihan (China) bt Bae Yeon Ju (South Korea) 21-9, 20-22, 21-12; 7-Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea) bt Sayaka Takahashi (Japan) 18-21, 21-12, 21-4; 8-Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) bt Ksenia Polikarpova (Russia) 21-7, 21-7; Minatsu Mitani (Japan) bt Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand) 21-10, 21-4; Cheung Ngan Yi (Hong Kong) bt Karin Schnaase (Germany) 21-13, 10-7 retd.; Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) bt Yip Pui Yin (Hong Kong) 21-16, 23-21; Line Kjaersfeldt (Denmark) bt Pai Yu Po (Chinese Taipei) 21-15, 21-17; Yui Hashimoto (Japan) bt Iris Wang (United States) 21-15, 21-18; P. V. Sindhu (India) bt Maria Febe Kusumastuti (Indonesia) 21-13, 21-11; Michelle Li (Canada) bt Anna Thea Madsen (Denmark) 19-21, 21-19, 21-13; Mette Poulsen (Denmark) bt Hsu Ya Ching (Chinese Taipei) 22-20, 21-15.