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2015 World Championships: HS Prannoy into the second round

Prannoy won his opening round match in straight games.

HS Prannoy through to the second round

World No.12 HS Prannoy moved into the second round of 2015 Worlds Championships after beating Alex Yuwan Tjong of Brazil 21-12 21-16 in the opening round on Monday.

Right from the opening game, the Indian dominated proceedings, not allowing his Brazilian opponent to take any control of proceedings, and led 11-5 at the interval mark.  Following the break, the Indina continued to run away with the game and eventually sealed the opening game 21-12.

The Brazilian began the second game on a positive note, racing away to a 7-1 early lead and pegging Prannoy back significantly. After a slight break, Prannoy looked to come back into the match, by virue of a few smashes, winning 5 out of the next 6 points to reduce the deficit to 6-8. But a few errors on his part meant the Prannoy fell back once again trailed 9-11 at the interval mark.

After the interval, the match began evenly but at the 13-13 mark, it was Prannoy who took the vital lead by winning 2 points straight and then maintained that lead to pile on the pressure on his opponent.

He eventually wrapped up the contest in the third of his 6 match point oppotunities to progress through to the second round.

Speaking after the victory, Prannoy said that he felt a bi rusty in the second game and stressed about enjoying in the second round.

“ Good to be back on winning days after injury. Was rusty in the second game but had to change the game a bit to attacking mode & then I got my rhythm back. Good first round for me. Need to trust myself and enjoy the next round too, without taking extra pressure. Never played him ( Edwin Ekiring) but he is a good player. Cannot take him easily and I need to be on my toes day after. “

Final Scoreline- HS Prannoy beat Alex Yuwan Tjong 21-12 21-16

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