World Championship: Prannoy assures India’s medal, Satwik-Chirag lose in quarterfinals


Copenhagen: HS Prannoy came out with a spirited performance to beat defending two-time champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a 68-minute quarterfinal clash to assure India a medal at the World Badminton Championships here on Friday. Prannoy beat world number one Axelsen 13-1 in this thrilling encounter. 21, 21. 15, 21. 16 beat. After securing his first medal, he said, ‘Yes. After all, I will now have a World Championship medal.

The 31-year-old Prannoy from Kerala continued India’s golden run at the World Championships and assured the country of its 14th medal. He has won the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament and finished runner-up in the Australian Open Super 500 this season. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu has won five medals in the World Championships for India, including the gold she got in 2019. Saina Nehwal won one silver and one bronze, Kidambi Srikanth won silver, Lakshya Sen, B Sai Praneeth and Prakash Padukone won bronze.

The pair of Satwik-Chirag and Trisa-Gayathri made it to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Championship
The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in straight games to Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skarup Rasmussen in the men’s doubles quarterfinals. The world number two Indian pair had won their first bronze medal at the event last year. The Indian pair, however, could not match their attacking game against the 11th seeded local pair and lost 18-21, 19-21 in a 48-minute match.

Earlier in the seven matches between the two pairs, the pair of Satwik and Chirag had managed to win two matches. Both the pairs were facing each other for the first time after 2021. The 2021 Badminton World Championship bronze medalist Danish pair prevented the Indian pair from finding momentum from the start of the match.

World Championship Badminton: Trisa-Gayathri pair shines in World Championship, entered in pre-quarter finals
The Danish pair took a 5-1 lead early in the match. The Indian pair hit the net on Astrup’s serve on several occasions. Astrup and Rasmussen extended their lead to 11–6. The Indian pair then made a comeback to make it 15-18. Chirag then gave away four game points to the Danish players by serving badly. The Indian players defended two game points but missed the third.

Similar situations were seen once again in the second game as well. The pace of Astrup and Rasmussen had no answer to the pair of Satwik and Chirag. The Indian pair was trailing 4-6 and 7-11 at the interval. The Indian pair did a bit better. The pair leveled at 15-15 thanks to Chirag’s brilliant smashes and serves.

World Championship: HS Prannoy, Satwik-Chirag entered the quarterfinals, Trisa and Gayatri lost

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