HS Pranoy went down fighting against Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles final at the Swiss open Super 300 badminton tournament.
PV Sindhu on Sunday defeated Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-16, 21-8 in the final to clinch the Swiss open crown at St. Jakobshalle arena in Basel. It was the ace Indian shuttler’s second women’s singles title of the season. Meanwhile, HS Prannoy went down fighting against Jonatan Christie in the men’s singles final at the Swiss open Super 300 badminton tournament in the other match of the day.
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Playing her second successive final in the tournament, Sindhu took just 49 minutes to get the better of the fourth seeded shuttler from Thailand. It was the two-time Olympic medalist’s 16th win over Busanan in 17 meetings, having lost to the Thai only once, at the 2019 Hong Kong open.
Sindhu took an early 7-5 lead, but the Thai fought back to take a 37-shot rally point and made it 16-15. Sindhu was kept on her toes but she managed to put up a strong defence to take a two-point advantage. Though Busanan made Sindhu work hard for every point, the Indian managed to secure the first game at 21-16.
The Indian came out all guns blazing in the second game and raced to a 5-0 lead. Sindhu was now uising her height and reach to good effect and looked in good rhythm. Busanan didn’t have any answer to Sindhu’s attacks as she led 11-2 at mid-game interval.
It felt like Busanan had completely given up as she trailed by a mile, and Sindhu made it 17-4. The Indian never faced an actual resistance in the second game and eventually took the game 21-8 to register a straight-game win over her opponent.
On the other hand, Prannoy failed to match the accuracy and power of Jonatan, who clinched the title with a scoreline of 21-18, 21-12.
The Indonesian started the match on the driving seat and moved to a 4-1 lead in the first game, but Prannoy managed to close the gap and make it 5-5. But Jonatan pulled away from 8-8 to take a three-point cushion at the mid-game break.
After the breather, Prannoy looked erratic while Jonatan was solid and won the first game convincingly at 21-12 in just 19 minutes.
The second game was a tighter affair as the duo moved together till 7-7 before Jonatan again opened a 11-7 lead at the interval. After the change of ends, Prannoy is moving better and is able to reach in time for a return against a drop shot.
The Indian did well to claw his way back to 13-13 but Jonatan maintained his composure to take a five point lead at 19-14 with Prannoy committing a slew of errors. Another error gave Jonatan five championship points, Prannoy saved three before hitting the net.