Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE – Prannoy beat Gemke: India’s HS Prannoy stormed past Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke with a clinical 21-14, 21-12 victory in the quarterfinals on Friday. With the win, Prannoy has kept India’s hopes alive as he will now face China’s Zhao Junpeng in the semifinals on Saturday. Follow Indonesian Open LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN
Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE: HS Prannoy clinches straight set victory over Rasmus Gemke, enters Indonesia Open semifinal – Follow Prannoy vs Gemke Highlights
- HS Prannoy BEAT Rasmus Gemke – 21-14, 21-12
A little over a month after his heroic win over Gemke in the decisive fifth rubber against Denmark which ensured India’s entry into the Thomas Cup final, Prannoy produced yet another brilliant performance to outwit the Danish shuttler 21-14, 21-12 in a 40-minute quarterfinal clash.
It is the second semifinal appearance for World No. 23 Prannoy at the Indonesia event. He had reached the last four in the 2017 edition during which he had stunned former Olympic gold medallist Chen Long and Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei on way to the semifinals.
Coming into the match with a 2-2 head-to-head count, Prannoy didn’t put a foot wrong as he played some angled cross court shots and reverse slices to good effect to keep a firm grip on the match.
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The Indian started the first set with a 5-0 lead before entering the break with a 11-7 cushion. He kept things under check to led the first game all throughout. Trailing 8-14, the Danish opponent triued to make inroads into the contest but Prannoy managed to close out the first set 21-14 with a smash on his rival’s forehand corner.
The second game was a roller-coaster ride as Gemke produced a superb fightback. He started moving well and clawed back at 6-6 with a smash after lagging 3-6 initially. Prannoy though managed to keep the pressure on his opponent but Gemke again drew parity at 9-9 with a prompt net shot but the Indian ensured a two-point cushion at the interval.
Prannoy continued to dominate the rallies after the break as his precise returns on his rival’s forehand and backhand earned him points. A similar shot took the Indian to eight match points and he converted it with Gemke’s return hitting the net.
Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE: HS Prannoy clinches straight set victory over Rasmus Gemke, enters Indonesia Open semifinal