Shuttler Prannoy upsets Kashyap in German Open
Mulheim an der Ruhr (Germany), Feb 26 (IANS) H.S. Prannoy caused one of the biggest upsets of his career by beating top Indian male shuttler and friend Parupalli Kashyap at the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold here Wednesday.
This was the 21-year-old’s first win over academy mate and ninth seed Kashyap in two meetings. Prannoy won the men’s singles second round 21-19, 21-18 in 47 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle.
Earlier, Anand Pawar and Arvind Bhat also progressed to the third round by beating their respective opponents.
While World No.34 Pawar of Mumbai expectedly beat Slovenian Iztok Utrosa 21-16, 21-12 in 28 minutes, former national champion Bhat also caused a big upset by overcoming Hong Kong third seed and World No.10 Yun Hu 21-17, 16-21, 21-11 in 59 minutes.
Later in the day, P.C. Thulasi and Arundhati Pantawane will play their women’s singles first round matches.