Kashyap, Prannoy, Manu-Sumeeth in SF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jul 2017 09:08:49



COMMONWEALTH Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy entered the semi-finals of the men’s singles competition of the US Open Grand Prix Gold here on Saturday.
On a comeback trail, Kashyap reached his first semi-finals of an international event in seven months after defeating compatriot Sameer Verma 21-13, 21-16 in 40 minutes to set up a clash with Korea’s Kwang Hee Heo.

Kashyap had entered the semi-finals at Korea Open last December. For Prannoy, it was the second semi-final appearance of the season after his last four finish at the Indonesia Super Series Premier last month.
Second seeded Prannoy saw off Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 10-21, 21-15, 21-18 in a men’s singles match that lasted exactly an hour at the Anaheim Convention Centre Arena.
Prannoy will next take on 15th seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam, who had beaten the Indian at the 2012 Badminton Asia Championships in their only meeting so far. Third seeds Manu and Sumeeth defeated Japan’s Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera 21-18, 22-20 in men’s doubles. The duo, who had played at the Rio Olymnpics, will face top seeds Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei.

India secure 4 qualifiers in men’s and women’s singles at Worlds RISING badminton powerhouse India have secured four qualifiers in men’s singles and women’s singles competitions for next month’s prestigious World Championship.

India achieved their full quota of four women’s singles players with national champion Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad qualifying behind PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.
China, Japan and India are the only three countries with four representatives in women’s Singles. In men’s singles, Syed Modi International champion and last year’s Hong Kong Super Series runners-up Sameer Verma secured his place alongside compatriots Ajay Jayaram, Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth.

Other countries with four qualifiers in men’s singles are China, Denmark and Hong Kong.
China will bank upon reigning champion Chen Long (wild card), five-time winner Lin Dan, Shi Yuqi and Tian Houwei, while Denmark’s young prospect Anders Antonsen plays the biggest event of his fledgling career alongside senior compatriots Viktor Axelsen, Jan O Jorgensen and Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus.

Hong Kong too have a strong men’s singles squad, with the likes of Ng Ka Long, Wong Wing Ki, Hu Yun and sixth reserve Wei Nan having qualified.

Powerhouse China have secured the maximum representation of four qualifiers in each of the five categories at the upcoming TOTAL BWF World Championships, but will miss the services of two-time runner-up Li Xuerui, who is still recovering from an injury sustained at the Rio Olympics.
The BWF World Championships will be held in Emirates Arena, Glasgow, from August 21 to 27.