India's challenge in the Japan Open 2022 Badminton Championships came to an end today with the knocking out of HS Prannoy against Taiwan's Cou Tien-Chen.
Osaka: India’s challenge in the Japan Open 2022 Badminton Championships came to an end on Thursday, September 2 with the knocking out of HS Prannoy against Taiwan’s Cou Tien-Chen, who won the match by 21-17, 15-21, 22-20.
The ace Indian shuttler’s incredible run ended today because he made several unforced errors at the crucial juncture of the match, which gave his opponent an opportunity to utilise it, and in the end, he snatched the match from Prannoy. Earlier, the ace Indian star defeated former world champion Loh Kean Yew in straight sets in the pre-quarter finals of the tournament.
Prannoy was off colour today from the start of the match. He had a substantial lead in the first game, 11-7 at the break. However, world number six Chou came back strongly like a wounded tiger and won the first game 21-17.
The Taiwanese was more aggressive in his approach in the second game. At one stage, the score was level at 11-11 around the break. Chou remained cool and controlled the pace of the match. But Prannoy showed his class and both the players entertained the crowd with their remarkable play. Prannoy won the game, 21-15.
The third game was gruelling. Ups and downs in the deciding game continued. The pendulum of the match was swinging from one end to another. Chou and Prannoy were not ready to give an inch to the opposing party. Chou won the last laugh, winning the deciding set by 22-20 and inching into the semi-finals.