Kumamoto Masters Japan badminton tournament: India’s challenge ends with Prannoy’s loss

Kumamoto Masters Japan badminton tournament: India’s challenge ends with Prannoy’s loss

India's run at the Kumamoto Masters Japan badminton tournament concluded in the pre-quarterfinals as HS Prannoy was defeated in the round of 16 of the men’s singles event on Thursday.

KUMAMOTO: India's run at the Kumamoto Masters Japan badminton tournament concluded in the pre-quarterfinals as HS Prannoy was defeated in the round of 16 of the men’s singles event on Thursday.

Prannoy lost his edge after securing the first game, ultimately succumbing to the 12th-ranked Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei with a score of 21-19, 16-21, 19-21 in a match that lasted one hour and 13 minutes.

The world no 7 Indian was playing for the first time since claiming a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou last month, he returned to the court after withdrawing from the Denmark and French Opens due to a back injury.

Lakshya Sen, Priyanshu Rajawat and men’s doubles top seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were all knocked out in their respective opening rounds. IANS

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