Prior the exit of Parupalli Kashyap, another Men’s Singles contender, HS Prannoy defeated Edwin Ekiring of Uganda 21-14 21-19 in the second round of the Badminton World Championships on Wednesday.
The opening game saw Ekiring race away to an 8-2 lead before the Indian stormed back to level the scores at 8-8. He then took control of proceedings, first taking the lead then winning 3 more points on the trot to take a 12-8 lead. Then at the 14-10 mark Prannoy won 3 more points consecutively to go 17-10 up and eventually won the game 21-14.
The second game proved to be a nail-biting affair, but it was Ekiring who was the first to take the lead, going 12-8 up before Prannoy slowly but surely started to get back into the match, chipping away with the points regularly.
Eventually at the 18-18 mark, Prannoy took the lead albeit for a short span, but crucially at the 19-19 mark, he sealed a game point and converted it at the next opportunity to seal the game 21-19 and move into the third round.
From here onwards, all eyes will be on Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth in the Men’s Singles category after Parupalli Kashyap found himself on the losing end in the second round, earlier in the day.
He will take on Viktor Axelson of Denmark in the pre-quarter stage.