KUALA LUMPUR: Continuing his brilliant form, H.S Prannoy beat Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan to storm into the semifinals but former world champion P.V. Sindhu was knocked out after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in the women's singles quarterfinals at the Malaysia Masters 2022, here on Friday.
Prannoy, searching for his first BWF title in five years, beat Tsuneyama 25-23, 22-20 in the 60-minute men's singles quarterfinal clash to reach the last-four stage.
The Indian shuttler, ranked 19th, saved a game point in the opener and two game points after the change of ends against the world No 14 Japanese to script an impressive comeback.
The 29-year-old Prannoy, India's only remaining challenge at the meet, will now take on world No. 13 Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong for a place in Sunday's final.
Earlier, Sindhu, seventh in the badminton world rankings, lost to world No. 2 Tai Tzu of Chinese Taipei 13-21, 21-12, 12-21 in 55 minutes. This was Sindhu's seventh straight loss to Tai Tzu and 17th defeat in 22 matches. IANS