HS Prannoy’s win at US Open Grand Prix soothes India Women’s final loss

India’s surge in the badminton world continues as HS Prannoy defeats fellow countryman Parupalli Kashyap to win the US Open Grand Prix.

HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap met in California for an all-Indian US Open Grand Prix final. Photo credit: BAY ISMOYO / AFP

India's great run in men's badminton continues as HS Prannoy clinches the US Open Grand Prix badminton title on Monday. What's more is that he was playing against Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, making it an all-India final.

Prannoy defeated compatriot Kashyap 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 to win the title. The tightly-contested match lasted for an hour and five minutes.

The two Indians fought neck-and-neck but Prannoy was able to edge ahead and gain greater control of the game to end on a commanding note. “It was a good match, pretty intense match, a high quality match by both me and Kashyap. I think after losing the second game narrowly, I was calm and patient enough and it worked for me,” Prannoy told PTI.

This win in California will be a great boost to the shuttler from Kerala, who has had to deal with his fair share of injuries in the past.

The country was dealt a blow by the defeat of India Women in the ICC World Cup final on Sunday but the all-Indian badminton final the next day sure brightened up many.

These two Indian players’ rise coincides with their decision to train together. Kashyap, despite losing the decider, also drew plenty of attention from fans.

Riddled by injuries in the past few months, Kashyap’s recovery was roundly announced early in the tournament when he defeated top seed Lee Hyun II.

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