BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy stuns World Champion Lin Dan to move into third round

HS Prannoy becomes the first Indian to defeat Lin Dan thrice. (Source: PTI)

HS Prannoy stunned five-time world champion Lin Dan of China to advance into the third round of BWF World Championships 2019 in Switzerland. Prannoy’s next challenge is up against world No.1 and defending champion Kento Momota in the third round.

Prannoy won the first game (21-11) comfortably but then took his foot off the pedal in the second game (21-12). However, he came back superbly in the third (21-7) to seal the contest. With this win, Prannoy becomes the first Indian to defeat two-times Olympic Champion Lin Dan thrice.

Elsewhere, Sai Praneeth defeated Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in straight games (21-16, 21-15) to progress into the third round (pre-quarters). In women s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy got a walkover after Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun pulled out.

In men s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also won their opener against Thom Gicquel and Ronan Labar (France). However, it was bad news for Arun George and Sanyam Shukla (men s doubles) and Sameer Verma (men s singles) as they crashed out of the tournament.

Earlier, Pullela Gopichand had the highest head-to-head record against the stalwart but Prannoy has now surpassed it to make it 3-1 in his favour.

World number 30 Prannoy, who is on a comeback trial after recovering from a stomach problem, fought back in the first round to beat 93rd-ranked Eetu Heino of Finland 17-21, 21-10, 21-11.

Sai Praneeth defeated Lee Dong Keun 21-16, 21-15 in a match that lasted for 56 minutes.

Meanwhile, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have received a bye in the opening round and will start their campaign on Wednesday.