Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy Sails Into Semi-Finals With Thumping Win Over Rasmus Gemke

Indonesia Open: HS Prannoy Sails Into Semi-Finals With Thumping Win Over Rasmus Gemke

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India’s HS Pranay continued his impressive run in the semi-finals of the Indonesian Open Super 1000 badminton tournament by defeating world number 13 Rasmus Gamke of Denmark in straight games in Jakarta on Friday to advance to the semi-finals. A month after their heroic victory over Jamaica in the decisive fifth rubber against Denmark, which ensured India’s place in the Thomas Cup final, Pranay put up another fine performance, beating Denmark’s World No. 13 21-14 21-12. Defeated 40 minutes quarter final match.

This is Indonesia’s participation in the second semi-final of the World No. 23 event in the event.

He reached the last four in the 2017 edition, during which he surprised former Olympic gold medalist Chen Loong and the great Malaysian Lee Chong Wei on his way to the semi-finals.

Pranay, who reached the Swiss Open Super 300 final in March, will next face China’s Xiao Jun Peng.

Coming into the match with a 2-2 head-to-head count, Pranay made no mistake as he played cross-angle shots with some angles and reverse slices for good effect to maintain a strong grip on the match.

The match saw short rallies with Gemke troubled by a knee problem. Pranay kept waiting for his opponent to make mistakes and started attacking whenever his opportunity arose.

As a result, Pranay took a 5-0 lead before entering the break. He kept things in check to fully advance the first game.

In the end, a service error gave the Indian six game points and he sealed it with a smash on his opponent’s four-hand corner.

The first half of the second game was a roller coaster ride as Gemke put on a great fightback. He started well and came back to 6-6 with a smash after trailing 3-6 initially.


Pranay kept up the pressure on his opponent but Gemke leveled the score at 9-9 again with an quick net shot but the Indian ensured a two-point cushion at the break.

Pranay continued to dominate the rallies after the break as his correct return on his opponent’s forehand and backhand earned him points. A similar shot took the Indian to eight match points and he turned it into a net with the return of Gemke.

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