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China Masters 2023: HS Prannoy and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty advance into second round

Top Indian shutters got off to a flying start in the China Masters 2023. This tournament could prove to be a crucial Super 750 tournament in the lead-up to next year’s Paris Olympics. Ace Indian shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty as well as HS Prannoy won their respective first-round matches. Unfortunately, the young badminton star Akarshi Kashyap faced an early exit after losing in the first round of the women’s singles.

On-Court dominance of World No. 8, HS Prannoy

World No.8, HS Prannoy showed his finesse and dominance on the court as he crossed through the first round at the ongoing China Masters. Prannoy came up with a dominant show against veteran Taiwanese player Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles first round. Prannoy came into the match with a 4-7 head-to-head record against the Taiwanese. Naturally, there was a lot of pressure on the Indian shuttler to perform as the stats were clearly in favour of Chou. However, the Asian Games bronze medalist did not disappoint his supporters and fans who were supporting him in the China Masters. Prannoy was able to beat Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 22-20 in a 50-minute hard-fought battle.

Lagging 6-9 at one stage, Prannoy turned the tables with four straight points to make it 12-10. Subsequently, Chen responded by bridging the gap and came close at 12-14. However, the Indian didn’t give much of a chance to his rival to comfortably pocket the opening game. Consequently, Chen tried to script a comeback and was 6-3 up early in the second game. Nevertheless, Prannoy displayed extreme courage and fought Chen toe-to-toe even when he lagged for the most part. The Indian had managed to eke out an 8-6 lead but Chen moved to 12-10 and kept his nose ahead till 18-16 when Prannoy surpassed him to shut the door on his opponent. Prannoy will next face Magnus Johannesen of Denmark in the second round.

Another notable performance of the day

Since winning the historic Asian Games gold medal, Satwik and Chirag have had issues with consistency while also dealing with injury concerns. The World No. 5 pair suffered early exits in the Denmark Open, French Open and Japan Masters. The duo will be looking to have a consistent run in Shenzhen and reach the business end of the tournament. On Tuesday, Satwik and Chirag made light work of their challenge in the first round, clinching a 21-13 21-10 over England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. Satwik and Chirag will now face Akira Koga and Taichi Saito of Japan in the men’s doubles second round.

However, the challenge in the women’s singles ended after the defeat of Akarshi. Kashyap was the lone representative in the China Masters due to the unavailability of PV Sindhu. Sindhu is currently recovering from a knee injury and training under the watchful eyes of the legendary Prakash Padukone.

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