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Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy tames Lin Dan in opening round

first_imgHS Prannoy stunned the legendary Lin Dan of China while compatriot Sameer Verma pipped Rasmus Gemke of Denmark to advance to the second round of the Indonesia Open badminton event here today.World No. 13 Prannoy started off well against eighth-ranked Lin Dan, winning the first game 21-15. However, the Chinese shuttler came back strong to win the second 21-9 and level the match.Prannoy then dug deep into his reservoir to see off the iconic shuttler 21-14 at the USD 1,250,000 event. Prannoy had also got the better of Lin Dan at the 2015 French Open.In other matches, Verma scraped past Gemke 21-9 12-21 22-20 in a match lasting little over an hour.However, it was curtains for B. Sai Praneeth who lost in straight games 10-21, 13-21 against Tzu Wei Wang to crash out in the first round.Meanwhile, the women’s doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram went down to the Indonesian duo of Agatha Imanuela and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti 11-21 18-21.Another Indian in the fray, Saina Nehwal, is scheduled to play later on Tuesday.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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