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.
India's HS Prannoy beats Parupalli Kashyap 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 to win US Open Grand Prix title.— OMKAR DUBEY (@dubeyomkar786) July 24, 2017
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.
Prannoy HS defeats Parupalli Kashyap in a thrilling 3-game match to win the US Grand Prix title.
Men's badminton in 2017 🔥🔝👏🏼— Kaushik Kay (@indifferent_kay) July 23, 2017
HS Prannoy notched up a thrilling three-game win over Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in an all-Indian final to clinch the $1…— Rajasekhar (@bigfundu) July 24, 2017
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.
Back with a bang at #USAGPG— Priyanka Sharma (@Priyank77126777) July 25, 2017
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.
Regardless of loss, it's great to see @parupallik back in the mix after ~2 years & 3 injuries. The first man of Indian badminton. Always!— Vaibhav Manocha (@BeingMinchu) July 24, 2017
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.
He is back !!
Runner Up at US Open
He Had to fight many battles to be there
Kashyans are so proud of him !!... https://t.co/2cmIB3RTgn— pkashyapfc (@kashyapfc) July 24, 2017
Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap knocked out top seed Lee Hyun Il in the men's singles opening round of the US Open Grand Prix Gold badmint— Rishijeet Mishra (@rishijeetmishra) July 20, 2017