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All England Open 2018: HS Prannoy vs Chou Tien Chen, Live Match Updates

HS Prannoy beats Chou Tien Chen 9-21, 21-18, 21-18
Updated: 15 March 2018 02:01 IST - Published: 14 March 2018 22:52 IST
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He is into the second round of the All England Open!
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AND PRANNOY WINS THE MATCH! 

By a stroke of luck indeed as the shuttle just brushes off the top of the net, but he has pulled off a major upset here!
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Chou takes two points. The pressure is on Prannoy now. 20-18.
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Just brilliant! Match point for Prannoy! Can he do it? 20-16.
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19-16 for Prannoy now! Just two more points!
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Chow refusing to let Prannoy run away.  16-17.
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Prannoy surges into the lead!! 17-14!
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That's just incredible from Prannoy. Fools Chou into going deep before executing a superb drop shot. 14-14.
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Prannoy and Chou are going toe-to-toe here. 13-13.
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That's some quick exchange of shots between the two players 11-10 to Prannoy.
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Prannoy strives to draw level. 8-8.
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Two very crucial points for Chou. For the first time in the third game, he has taken a substantial lead. 8-6.
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It's as tight as it gets. 6-6 now.
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Prannoy is looking very focused here. He has now taken the lead. 5-4
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Both players are giving their all, 2-3 to Prannoy.
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The third game is now underway. Who will emerge victoriously?
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Prannoy takes the second game!!! 21-18! Bring it on!
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Brilliant, just brilliant from Prannoy. And, he exults with passion! 19-18.
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It's 18-18 at the moment!
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That's a brilliant net shot from Prannoy. No chance for Chou. 17-16 to the Indian.
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And now, Chou has surged ahead. End to end stuff! 16-15 to the Chinese Taipei player. 
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Prannoy has a slender lead. 15-14. Six more points, go champ!
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It's very tight here. 13-13 now.
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Chou has come back stronger after the breather. He now leads the game 12-11.
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And the star Indian goes into the breather with a two-point lead. Can he hold? 11-9
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Prannoy is growing more and more into the game but Chou refuses to give up easy. 10-9 to the Indian.
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Pprannoy is maintaining a steady lead. 9-7.
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Prannoy's change in strategy seems to be working very well for him. He is up 8-5.
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Prannoy regains his 2-point lead. 6-4.
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But Chou manages to pull two points back. 4-4.
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Now Prannoy is showing some urgency. He quickly takes the lead. 4-2.
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The second game starts.
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And Chou takes the first game 21-9.
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Chou has now well and truly ahead. He has gained complete control of the proceedings. 16-8.
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Finally, Prannoy gets a point. Still trails 7-12.
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And Chou goes into the breather with a 5-point advantage. 11-6.
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Chou has again surged ahead with three back to back points. 10-6 for him.
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Prannoy is trying to turn the heat but Chou is defending resolutely. In the end, though, the Indian snatches the point. 6-7 to Prannoy.
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Chou is gradually gaining a healthy lead in this first game. 6-3 to him.
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That's a terrific smash from Prannoy.  Sets himself up and sends it in with full power. 2-4!
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This time, Chou's forehand slice goes wide. 1-2 to Prannoy.
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Prannoy's smash drifts just wide. 0-2.
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After a long first rally, Chou takes the first point of the match. 0-1.
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Prannoy will serve and get us underway.
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The players are on the court, warming up and the match will start in a bit. This is Sagnik, ready to take you through the first round match from here in Birmingham.
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Good morning, peeps!
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HS Prannoy is set to get his 2018 All England campaign underway, as he goes up against Chou Tien Chen of the Chinese Taipei in the first round. 
 
The current World No 12 had a good season in 2017, when he completed multiple upsets to earn the tag of a giant-killer. His good showing last year saw him climb into the top 10 spots if the BWF rankings. 
 
However, he has recently dropped in the rankings after a series of foot corn saw him drop matches in the Indian Open, where he bowed out in the first round. 
 
Back from his injuries, Prannoy would be looking to get back to winning ways in his opening match against World No 8 Chou Tien Chen. 
 
With the likes of Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth bowing out of their respective singles events, Prannoy, along with Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu remain India’s medal hopes at the All England Open. 

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