In a thrilling badminton match at the World Championships, Indian player HS Prannoy achieved something amazing. He beat Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, who is ranked number one in the world and has won two championships before. This exciting quarterfinal match lasted for 68 minutes.
Prannoy’s journey in the match was like a rollercoaster ride. He didn’t give up even after losing a game and managed to win in three very close games. The final score was 13-21, 21-15, 21-16 in favor of Prannoy.
This 31-year-old athlete from Kerala has already made his mark this year by winning the Malaysia Masters Super 500 and making it to the finals of the Australian Open Super 500. With his victory, Prannoy has added to India’s impressive record at the World Championships. This is the 14th medal for India in this competition.
India has had some remarkable players in badminton. PV Sindhu, who has won medals at the Olympics, has contributed five medals, including a gold in 2019. Saina Nehwal has won two medals (silver and bronze). Other players like Kidambi Srikanth (silver), Lakshya Sen (bronze), B Sai Praneeth (bronze), and Prakash Padukone (bronze) have also won medals.
In the previous World Championships, players like Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty got bronze, and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won bronze in women’s doubles in 2011.
Now, Prannoy, who is ranked ninth in the world, is moving to the semi-finals. His next opponent will be Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. Vitidsarn also won his quarterfinal match, so Prannoy will have a tough challenge ahead.
Prannoy’s victory over Axelsen has given him a lot of confidence. This sets the stage for an exciting semi-final match that fans are eagerly waiting to watch.