New stars of the badminton world are on the rise in badminton: H.S. Pranay – Dainik Savera Times


New Delhi: In the world of Badminton, some players H.S. Pranay has demonstrated unwavering consistency and dedication to excellence as he has done in the recent past. With each tournament, Pranay’s star continues to rise and his achievements mount. For now, he stands as a testament to hard work, resilience and indomitable passion for the game.

Despite being highly talented and tirelessly dedicated, Prannoy spent an extended period on the fringes before finally breaking into the limelight, relegated to the role of a secondary player among top performers. The 2023 BWF World Championship proved to be a defining moment for India’s highest-ranked shuttler. After missing out on a medal on a few occasions, Prannoy won a bronze in Copenhagen, Denmark, which catapulted him into the elite group of Indian shuttlers who have earned medals at the BWF Worlds. Pranay has now emerged as a major force.

His vast experience, exceptional skills and unwavering attitude give him a competitive edge that allows him to outsmart his opponents. He is currently performing at the peak of his abilities and has the potential to surprise top contenders in major tournaments. Pranay is often dubbed the ‘Giant-Killer’. Although he may not claim a World Tour title until 2023, the shuttler from Kerala has consistently defeated most of the world’s elite international shuttlers throughout his career.

Be it the prolific Lee Chong Wei, the indomitable Lin Dan, former top-order Dan Jan O. Be it Jorgensen, or even his idol Taufik Hidayat, Prannoy has emerged victorious against them all. On his way to a bronze medal at the 2023 BWF World Championships, he defeated defending Olympic champion and world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the quarter-finals, whom he had defeated on two earlier occasions – the World Tour Finals and the 2021 Indonesia Masters.

Though the ace shuttler did not have a major title to his name till 2022, he played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup win. Prannoy’s impressive performance came to the fore during the quarterfinal match against Malaysia and he won the decider against Leong Jun Hao. The win not only secured India the coveted spot in the semi-finals but also gave the country its first medal at the Thomas Cup.

Prannoy’s exceptional ability was once again on display in the semi-final against Denmark, where he won the match over Rasmus Gemke, which eventually sealed India’s final berth. During the BWF World Tour in 2022, he displayed remarkable consistency, advancing to six quarter-finals and two semi-finals. Additionally, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2022 BWF World Championships.

These achievements helped her re-enter the top 15 in the world rankings, marking her return after a four-year absence. In addition, he made it to the prestigious World Tour Finals for the first time in his career. In 2023, Prannoy won his first Super 500 title when he won the Malaysia Masters and later reached his second final of the season at the Australian Open.

Finally, the wait for the elusive World Championship medal was over last week. Although he was a bit disappointed, the bronze meant a lot to him. The win helped him achieve a career-best world No. 6 spot in the BWF World Rankings. He is the only Indian to top the men’s singles chart. From 2022 to date, Prannoy has been in impressive form, earning recognition as India’s top medal hope for the upcoming Asian Games and next year’s Paris Olympics.

Prannoy himself admitted that he is going through the best phase of his career. He told IANS last week, ‘I don’t think I have ever played so consistently before. I could not play two consecutive finals earlier. I think such results have never come before. So maybe this could be one of my best steps.

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