Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

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Having experienced a remarkable comeback at the Malaysia Masters in May, H.S Prannoy continued his streak by reaching the SATHIO GROUP Australian Open 2023 final. This achievement marks a significant milestone for the 31-year-old Indian player, as it is the first time since 2014 that he has competed in more than one title match in a single season. In 2014, Prannoy emerged victorious at the India International Challenge and Indonesian Masters, while also securing second place at the Vietnam GP Open.

Prannoy expressed his satisfaction with this achievement, acknowledging the challenges that come with consistently competing against and defeating top players. His recent win against his fellow Indian player, Priyanshu Rajawat, with a score of 21-18 21-12 in straight games, further solidified his confidence in his abilities.

Reflecting on the past two years, Prannoy mentioned the confidence he has gained from consistently winning matches. This year has been particularly special, and he is hopeful that he can replicate his success from the Malaysia Masters.

Notably, Prannoy’s opponent in the finals, Weng Hong Yang from China, was also his opponent during his victorious match in Kuala Lumpur three months ago. This encounter marked a significant milestone for Prannoy, as it had been six years since his last title win at the 2017 US Open. Prannoy recognizes the challenge that Weng poses, given his recent victories against prominent players. However, being in the final, Prannoy is determined to give his all and compete fiercely.

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The finals at the Sydney Olympic Park will showcase Korean shuttlers dominating three events: women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles. The order of play will be available for those interested in the schedule.

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Q: What did other players say about their performances?

  • “I know it’s a process, it takes time. I have to be patient, no choice.” – Lee Zii Jia on building on his first semifinal in five months
  • “Before the match I was stressed because I had to change my flight. I’m in the final now so I’m pretty happy about it.” – Beiwen Zhang
  • “We are pleased our performances are picking up ahead of the (Hangzhou) Asian Games (in September). But we want to get better.” – Kim So Yeong

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Kim diving to retrieve a shuttle during her women’s doubles semifinal match.