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Prannoy lifts US Open title

Prannoy lifts US Open title

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 July 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Aheim, July 24: Rising shuttler H.S. Prannoy overcame some anxious moments before getting the better of compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in what was an all-Indian men’s singles fil of the US Open Grand Prix Gold here on Monday.
The 25-year-old Prannoy beat the reigning Commonwealth Games champion 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 in over an hour to clinch his third grand prix gold title.
Prannoy, who had come into this second-tier competition seeded No 2, made it to the fil after defeating Vietm’s Tien Minh Nguyen while Kashyap overcame South Korean Kwang Hee Heo in the semi-fils.
In the first game, Kashyap raced to an early 6-1 advantage before Prannoy’s cross-court smashes helped him draw level at 12-12. They gathered the next few points altertively before Prannoy came from behind to seal the opening game 21-15.
However, Kashyap, playing his first fil in 21 months, used all his experience to fight back in the second game and leaped to a 14-9 lead. But the doughty Prannoy refused to go down and restored parity at 15-all.
Each time Kashyap broke away to lead by a couple of points, Prannoy dragged him back, until they hit 20-all. In the end, Kashyap bagged the vital two points to take the match to the decider.
The third and fil game initially witnessed stiff competition from both the Indians until a few errors from Kashyap helped Prannoy cruise to 11-7 lead before extending it to 15-8 and filly pocketing it 21-12. IANS

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