Indian Badminton star HS Prannoy began the country’s campaign in fine fashion as he defeated five-time World Champion Lin Dan at BWF World Championship.
Prannoy went into the match as the underdog but went on to get the better of the Chinese great in three sets 21-11, 13-21, 21-7. With this win, the Indian shuttler now moves into the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament.
This is the third time that Prannoy has gotten the better of Lin Dan and he became the first Indian to do so. What’s impressive is that the win comes shortly after the shuttler was snubbed by the Government of India while naming the Arjuna Award winners, which recognizes outstanding achievement in sports.
He will now face the winner of the match between Luis Enrique Penalver of Spain and top-seed Kento Momata of Japan for a place in the quarterfinal.
🇨🇳 u got a legend… We got legend killer ,proud moment for 🇮🇳, WELL DONE prannoy… Long way to go… Keep winning… And let’s see who is going to stop u…
— drmohankolluri (@drmohankolluri) August 20, 2019
Well Done Prannoy
You just knock off the socks man
Keep working hard
ALL THE BEST Against Momota👍👍👍
— Hardik manik (@snehimanik) August 20, 2019
.@PRANNOYHSPRI is the first Indian in history to defeat Lin Dan thrice. He’s also the Indian to defeat Taufik Hidayat, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long.#BWFWorldChampionships2019 #BWFWorldChampionships @BAI_Media
— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) August 20, 2019