Japan Open 2022 badminton: HS Prannoy’s quarter-final exit ends Indian campaign

HS Prannoy lost to world championships bronze medallist Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals of the BWF Super 750 tournament.

By Utathya Nag

India’s campaign at the Japan Open 2022 badminton tournament ended after HS Prannoy lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles quarter-finals in Tokyo on Friday.

Up against an in-form Chou Tien Chen, the fourth seed and bronze medallist from the BWF World Championships held last month, HS Prannoy put up a gritty fight but eventually lost 21-17, 15-21, 22-20 in a marathon match which stretched for one hour and 21 minutes.

HS Prannoy, who had ousted the 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the pre-quarters on Thursday, made a good start and raced to an 11-7 lead in the first game. Chen, world No. 6 in the badminton rankings, however, came back into the game after the break and went on to take the all-important lead.

The second game saw the world No. 18 HS Prannoy go on the offensive as Chen spent most of his time on the back foot. The Indian badminton player easily won the game and stretched the match into a decider.

The tide seemed to change again in game three, as Chen looked comfortably placed with a handy 11-5 lead at the break. Prannoy, though, came roaring back and managed to level the game at 20-all.

However, as the match entered its final phases, Prannoy’s exertion was visible after the lengthy struggle and unforced errors kept creeping into his game. Chen eventually edged out the decider 22-20 to secure his fourth win over HS Prannoy in seven head-to-head meetings.

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