India’s highest-ranked men’s singles player HS Prannoy surged back from a game down to overpower defending champion Viktor Axelsen in the quarterfinals to assure himself his first BWF World Championships medal in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday.
The 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 win makes Prannoy the fifth Indian men’s singles player to win a World Championships medal and also extends India’s record of having at least one medallist in the event since 2011.
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“Oh yes! I finally have a worlds medal,” said Prannoy after ensuring his maiden medal.
Prannoy, despite his current form, went into the match as an underdog against the Dane, who led their head-to-head record 7-2 and had won the last three tournaments he had participated in the run-up to the championship on home soil.
He will now face 3rd seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand, who packed off Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 18-21, 21-15, 21-13.
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HEAD TO HEAD
The two have faced each other only once at the 2022 England Open in which Kunlavut Vitidsarn won 21-15, 24-22 against the Indian.
PRANNOY’S ROAD TO SEMIS
Quarterfinals- beat Viktor Axelsen 13-21, 21-15, 21-16
Third Round: Loh Kean Yew 21-18, 15-21, 21-19
Second Round: Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-9, 21-14
First Round: Kolle Koljonen 24-22, 21-10
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