Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy Loses To Zhao Jun Peng, Crashes Out In Semi-Finals

Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy Loses To Zhao Jun Peng, Crashes Out In Semi-Finals

Indian shuttler HS Pranaye advanced to another semi-final of the Indonesian Open Super 1000 badminton tournament after losing in straight games to China’s Xiao Jun Peng in Jakarta on Saturday. The world number 23 failed to find his rhythm and due to lack of accuracy and control lost twice to bronze medalist Jun Peng in the World Junior Championship 16-21 15-21 in the last four matches of 40 minutes. This was their first meeting in international badminton. Playing his second semi-final at the Indonesian Open, Pranay, who will turn 30 next month, fell behind from the start because he could not keep pace with his rivals at the rallies.

The left-handed Chinese put a lot of force into his smashes and his hold and flick shots also caught Pranay off guard as he trailed 6-11 in the first half after two unnecessary errors.

The Indian looked a little nervous because his netplay was not so bright and he did not have his own trademark control over the shuttle.

As a result, the Chinese maintained their five-point lead at 14-9.

Pranay briefly set the pace for the rallies and narrowed the deficit to 14-16 with the help of some good strokes.

But the Indian let the pace slip as another wide shot and a long comeback took the Chinese to 19-15 and they got five game points with a cross court smash.

Pranay saved one but Jun Peng sealed it on the second chance to claim the right to brag.

After the change of sides, Pranay started making the rallies better and unveiled his moves to take a 6-4 lead. However, this happiness was short-lived as the Indians lost some opportunities.

He missed his stroke which ended wide or on the net, could not compete with his opponent in flat exchanges and his weak return was punished by Jun Peng, who quickly turned the tables and with a four-point lead. Entered mid-game break. .

The Chinese players appeared in full command after the break until Pranay struggled with his control and repeatedly sent the shuttle to the net.


After losing the Indian video referral, Jun Peng was soon above 17-9. A fast-paced exchange ended with the shuttle going into the net by the Chinese, who made another unavoidable mistake to give Pranay a glimmer of hope.

But another wide comeback gave the Chinese eight match points. Pranay saved three before Jun Peng made his first final of the World Tour event by creating an accurate down the line smash on his opponent’s four-handed backbone corner.

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